MEMO: 15 Worst Jan. 6 Sympathizers in the MAGA-Led House

Three years later, and despite hundreds of criminal prosecutions following the January 6th insurrection, MAGA Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to relentlessly double down on baseless conspiracy theories and rhetoric that left five people dead, over 140 officers injured, and our country further divided.

From defending insurrectionists to working with bad actors to upend the certification process, it’s clear these fifteen MAGA Republicans—some of the most extreme in Congress—would rather spend their time fanning the flames of political violence than deliver for their constituents. Their records speak for themselves:

  • Not only did each lawmaker (who was in office) vote to overturn the election results in 2020, but each also later voted against establishing the bipartisan January 6th investigative committees.
  • Sitting lawmakers also signed onto a ridiculous legal effort led by now-Speaker Mike Johnson, which supported a Texas lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of votes and overturn the election results from four key swing states that President Joe Biden won.

Here’s what the American people should know about fifteen of the worst January 6th sympathizers in the House of Representatives:

1. Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05): 
In addition to voting against certification in the U.S. House, Biggs pressured Arizona State House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) to decertify Arizona’s electors. He is also linked to the organizers of the January 6th insurrection, and allegedly asked former President Trump for a pardon for his January 6th involvement. Two of Rep. Biggs’s siblings said he was “at least partially to blame” for the violence at the Capitol on January 6th.

2. Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-09):
Bishop continually shared misinformation about the 2020 election, including saying that there were “really questionable election practices [like] illegal voting.” He also urged the president to “keep fighting” to stay in office in the lead-up to the January 6th attack, even suggesting that the conservative Supreme Court should intervene.

3. Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO-03):
Boebert is a MAGA extremist and an election denier who advocated for violence against lawmakers—even tweeting out information about some lawmakers’ locations during the January 6th attack. Not only did January 6th organizers tell Rolling Stone that they had met with Boerbert, testimony from White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson indicates Boebert worked directly with former President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows to push the idea that then-Vice President Mike Pence should intervene in the certification process.

4. Rep. Andrew Clyde (GA-09): 
As Representative-elect, Clyde joined Georgia’s Republican congressional delegation in signing a letter to the Secretary of State in November 2020 amplifying a number of unsubstantiated claims and blatant disinformation around the final vote count. In May 2021, Clyde called the January 6th insurrection “a normal tourist visit” and said videos from the day “showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures.” Clyde was not only one of only 21 House lawmakers who voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police after January 6th, he refused to shake hands with former police officer Michael Fanone, who responded to the insurrection.

5. Rep. Mike Collins (GA-10): 
In September 2021, Collins attended a “Justice for J6” rally on the National Mall with the U.S. Capitol serving as their backdrop where he called the January 6th insurrectionists “political prisoners” who should be released from prison. His election denialism has continued since, with him tweeting a video in 2022 of himself carrying an assault rifle while claiming former President Trump won Georgia in 2020.

6. Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01): 
After the 2020 election, Gaetz repeatedly spread false narratives about the outcome and violent rhetoric, including claiming that 21,000 dead people voted in Pennsylvania and calling for Republicans to “dig in and fight.” After the January 6th insurrection, Gaetz claimed the rioters were “masquerading as Trump supporters and, in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group Antifa.” Gaetz reportedly asked for a pardon for his actions leading up to the January 6th insurrection.

7.  Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-09):
Gosar is an election denier who called the January 6th rioters “peaceful patriots” and told a Republican club, “On January 6th, 2021, I was the one who started the revolution in regards to accountability of elections.” And despite being named as one of “close to a dozen” Republican members of Congress who met with January 6th organizers, Gosar later claimed that the insurrection had “all the hallmarks of Antifa provocation.”

8. Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04): 
Speaker Johnson has deep ties to far-right activists, Christian Nationalists, and others who helped fuel the January 6th insurrection. Johnson convinced his Republican colleagues to sign onto the MAGA amicus brief in the Texas lawsuit “seeking to invalidate electoral college votes from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.” Since 2020, Johnson has been a leader in MAGA’s misinformation campaign, like sharing unfounded claims about “voting machines […] being rigged.” As recently as November 2023, Johnson has said he still believes the election was stolen through widespread fraud.

9. Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04): 
Jordan is an election denier who not only endorsed MAGA conspiracy theories, but even encouraged fellow lawmakers to object to certification on Jan. 6 as part of his systematic effort to undermine the 2020 election and called on congressional Republicans to “fight” for former President Donald Trump on January 6th. He also called for a “special counsel” to investigate so-called voter fraud, met with a group of MAGA loyalists in the White House on Dec. 21, 2021 to coordinate plans to prevent Congress from certifying the election results, and has attacked the prosecutors and investigators involved in Trump’s prosecutions.

10. Rep. Max Miller (OH-07): 
As a Trump aide, Miller helped arrange the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse and later appeared at campaign rallies where Trump claimed he won the election. As a candidate for and member of Congress, Miller has continued spreading misinformation about the 2020 election, even going so far as describing the Select Committee on the January 6th Attack as a “partisan circus of edited testimony and over-produced lies.” As part of the investigation into January 6, Miller was issued a subpoena by the Select Committee in December 2021 because of his involvement “in the planning of the rally on the Ellipse that preceded the insurrection.”

11. Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05): 
In the aftermath of January 6th, when Norman voted against certifying the election, Norman texted Mark Meadows saying that “our last hope is invoking Marshall Law!!” Norman was also one of only 21 House lawmakers who voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police after January 6th.

12. Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10): 
As widely reported, Perry “played a key role in promoting false claims of fraud,” with court documents revealing the extent to which he worked with Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election. In fact, after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee, Perry’s phone was seized by the FBI in August 2022 as evidence in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation. A federal judge who reviewed Perry’s text messages said that they “demonstrate that he welcomed, rather than resisted, and indeed often initiated” contact with the Trump administration and said they undertook “proactive, persistent and protracted” planning to overturn the 2020 election.

13. Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21): 
As a leader in the House Republican Caucus, Stefanik repeatedly supported claims that the 2020 election was illegitimate and has doubled down since, even telling Steve Bannon that she supports audits in states like Arizona. She also called the ongoing prosecutions of former President Donald Trump, which are based on witness testimony and mountains of damning evidence, a “sham” and “a dark day for our country.”

14. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14): 
Greene is an election denier and a major proponent of the Big Lie. On January 5th, 2021, Greene told Newsmax that January 6th would be “our 1776 moment.” In December 2022, Greene made violent, pro-insurrectionist comments on what would have happened if she had organized the January 6th insurrection, saying, “If Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, we would’ve been armed.” What’s worse: Greene “indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress.”

15. Rep. Derrick Van Orden (WI-03): 
Prior to being a candidate for and member of Congress, Van Orden was proven to have attended the January 6th insurrection after lying about being there, even breaching police barricades at the US Capitol during the riots. Van Orden, who spent roughly $4,000 in campaign funds to attend the march, later said that “I went there to stand with them, to stand up for electoral integrity.”

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