Anti-Trump group targeting top Republicans on Jan. 6 anniversary
A Republican organization aimed at holding GOP lawmakers accountable for spreading misinformation and the events of Jan. 6 is rolling out a new ad targeting five members of Congress on the anniversary of the Capitol attack.
The Republican Accountability Project, which also has worked to counter support for former President Trump, announced on Tuesday it would be launching a six-figure ad campaign targeting Republican lawmakers including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (Wis.).
The group’s ad featured remarks from the aforementioned lawmakers in which they pinned the blame on Trump for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack. These lawmakers have since sought to minimize what occurred that day or worked against efforts in Congress to investigate the attack.
“They told the truth then. Why won’t they now?” the ad stated.
Running on January 6 on Fox and Friends, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and Hannity. pic.twitter.com/Ll3ViFTjAq
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) January 5, 2022
“Make no mistake: Trump’s election lies lit the fuse for that attack on our democracy. And yet, many Republicans are still trying to memory hole the attack for political gain,” Republican Accountability Project Director Olivia Troye said in a statement. “It’s not enough just to reject lies and conspiracy theories about January 6. We must demand accountability for those who caused it and those who have tried to apologize for or excuse the attempt to overturn the 2020 election.”
The ad will air nationally on Thursday across Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. In the West Palm Beach market, the ad will air during Fox’s “Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
The House select committee on Jan. 6 asked Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday to cooperate with its investigation after releasing text messages that suggested he was aware of plans to protest President Biden’s electoral victory.
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