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Oregon Republican Party calls Capitol riot a ‘false flag’ operation to discredit GOP, silence Trump supporters

The Oregon Republican Party earlier this month approved and released a resolution calling the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by pro-Trump supporters a “false flag” operation and condemning Republicans who voted to impeach now-former President Trump over his role in the assault.

The resolution claims without proof that there is “growing evidence” that the Capitol attack that left five dead was a “false flag” event meant to “discredit President Trump, his supporters, and all conservative Republicans.”

“This provided sham motivation to impeach President Trump in order to advance the Democrat goal of seizing total power,” the statement says.

The resolution goes on to rebuke the 10 House Republicans — none of whom are from Oregon — who joined every Democrat in the chamber in voting to impeach Trump on Jan. 13. 

Our party is speaking out in condemnation of the profound betrayal by the ten House Republicans who supported impeaching President Trump last week without any investigation, hearing, shred of due process, and in contradiction to the known and emerging facts,” said Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier. 

Pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College victory of President Biden, who Trump repeatedly and falsely claimed won the November election through widespread fraud. 

“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them,” Trump told a crowd of supporters ahead of the attack.

“Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated,” he continued. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

More than 100 people have been arrested over their alleged participation in the Capitol breach.

On Monday evening, the House delivered an article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate, accusing him of “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States.” The Senate’s trial is set to begin early next month.

Although it is unlikely that enough GOP senators will vote to convict the former president, many have sharply condemned his actions ahead of the deadly riot, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said Trump “provoked” the insurrectionists.

Oregon’s resolution calls it a “shame impeachment” that takes away from more pressing issues. 

Tags Capitol attack Capitol breach Donald Trump Donald Trump Impeachment Doug Ducey Impeachment Jeff Flake Mitch McConnell Oregon Republican Party

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