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Capitol Police tribute turns political

Capitol Police tribute turns political
© Scott Wong

A tribute for Capitol Police officers who battled a violent pro-Trump mob has been tabbed with political messages criticizing Republicans who backed challenges to Electoral College results.

Over the weekend, someone taped small strips of paper to tribute signs that GOP lawmakers have written honoring the officers who protected them during the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The strips of paper highlight the records of individual GOP lawmakers, pointing out that they had supported former President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE’s efforts to overturn Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE’s election victory — the same cause that the thousands of rioters who attacked the Capitol had rallied behind.

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Some of the pieces of paper state that these individual Republicans voted to object to the certification of the Electoral College votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, or signed onto a legal brief backing Texas’s lawsuit seeking to invalidate election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. 

In the case of Rep. Ken CalvertKenneth (Ken) Stanton CalvertMORE (R-Calif.), a strip of paper next to his police tribute says he supported all three.

Other GOP lawmakers whose tributes were targeted include: Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (Ind.), GOP Policy Chairman Gary PalmerGary James PalmerMo Brooks launches Senate bid in Alabama Former Trump officials eye bids for political office The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending MORE (Ala.), and Reps. Kat Cammack (Fla.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE (Mo.), Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawChuck Todd reluctant to 'ban' election deniers from 'Meet the Press' Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military The hypocrisy of weeding out identity politics in the military MORE (Texas), Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTexas Republicans condemn state Democrats for response to official calling Scott an 'Oreo' Americans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (Texas) and Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyMcConnell presses for 'actual consequences' in disclosure of tax data On The Money: House Democrats line up .5T in spending without budget | GOP takes aim at IRS | House Democrat mulls wealth tax Republicans open new line of attack on IRS MORE (Texas). 

No one has taken credit for the postings.

The House Democratic Caucus, led by Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe antitrust package is a Trojan horse conservatives must reject Democrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic MORE (N.Y.), said it was not responsible, according to a spokeswoman. But Democrats have slammed Trump and his congressional allies for pushing a false narrative that the election was stolen from Trump and for trying to block Congress’s certification on Jan. 6.  

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The police tribute, which contains handwritten messages from lawmakers and staffers, stretches along an underground tunnel connecting the Capitol with the Cannon House Office Building. It was created by the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Capitol Police Board signals resistance to reform McCarthy says that he will not support bipartisan deal for Jan. 6 commission MORE (Ill.), and his team. 

“It’s incredibly disappointing that someone would turn a wall honoring the heroes within the Capitol Police department into something political," said Davis's committee spokeswoman, Ashley Phelps.

--Updated at 3:06 p.m.