Former Georgia Senate candidate says the seeds of the 'big lie' were sown 'many years' before Nov. 2020

Former Georgia Senate candidate Sarah Riggs Amico said the seeds of the “big lie” propagated by Republicans following the 2020 presidential elections were sown “many years” before voters headed to the polls last November.

Amico, during a Monday interview on Hill.TV’s “Rising,” pointed to former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE’s questioning of the results of the 2012 presidential election, and the conspiracy he pushed that then-President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEbay founder funding Facebook whistleblower: report Emanuel defends handling of Chicago police shooting amid opposition to nomination McAuliffe rolls out ad featuring Obama ahead of campaign stop MORE was not born in the U.S.

“The seeds of the big lie were sown many, many years before November 2020. We know that in 2012 Donald Trump was questioning the outcome of the election, we know that he was questioning the birthplace of President Barack Obama, he has been lying for a very long time,” said Amico, who ran against now-Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffGOP blocks Senate Democrats' revised elections bill Poll: Half of voters say American democracy under 'major threat' GOP's embrace of Trump's false claims creates new perils MORE (D-Ga.) last year.

She called on Republicans to apologize for the role they played in “creating the big lie,” noting that most prominent GOP officials stood by Trump until he was on his way out of office. 

“It wasn't until after Donald Trump lost the election that many of these Republicans turned on him. That's not exactly a profile in courage,” Amico said.