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 TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE’s efforts to overturn Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE’s election victory — the same cause that the thousands of rioters who attacked the Capitol had rallied behind.


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 PalmerFormer Trump officials eye bids for political office The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending Shelby's retirement tees off GOP scramble for Alabama Senate seat MORE (Ala.), and Reps. Kat Cammack (Fla.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerGreene sounds off on GOP after Hill story Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (Mo.), Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawA nuclear frontier Crenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (Texas), Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessAmericans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America Capitol Police tribute turns political MORE (Texas) and Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradySenate panel unanimously advances top Biden economic nominees Foreign perpetrators among fraudsters shamming state's unemployment systems Biden nominee previews post-Trump trade agenda MORE (Texas). 

No one has taken credit for the postings.

The House Democratic Caucus, led by Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesJustice Dept. pledges to address hate crimes against Asian Americans Xi'an Famous Foods CEO warns of anti-Asian hate crimes in NYC Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump 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.  


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 DavisHouse-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure House passes voting rights and elections reform bill 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.