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Virginia presidential candidate and senator Amanda Chase is facing calls to resign after attending a rally in Trump in Washington on Wednesday. Chase addressed the crowd at the event, but said she left “just in time” before the crowd began to revolt and infiltrate the Capitol.
Chase is one of more than a dozen state lawmakers across the country who were in the country’s capital on Wednesday, including the newly elected state of West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans, a Republican who is now facing charges after a live video showed him entering the Capitol building.
Republicans from at least eight other states – Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona and Illinois – were present before the uprising or said they left when the mob began to storm. Two outgoing representatives of the state – rap. Anthony Kern of Arizona and rap. Vernon Jones of Georgia – attended. Another Virginia MP, Del Dave LaRoque, was also at the rally.
In the days after the uprising, Senator Chase called the rebels who stormed the Capitol “patriots” and later falsely claimed to be Antifa plants.
A statement from the Democratic Senate in Virginia said that Chase “unequivocally carried out an uprising.”
“She galvanized domestic terrorists who violated the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon through riots, destruction and desecration by joining them in their march to Capitol Hill,” the statement said, although Chase was not required to be expelled from the body. a step approved by some Virginia Republicans, including U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock and former Virginia Del David Ramadan.
Chase did not respond to several requests for comment.
Acting U.S. District Attorney Michael Sherwin told reporters Thursday that the unrest could be blamed on riots, uprisings and riots.
Two of Amanda Chase’s Facebook posts, which inaccurately accuse anti-fascists of Wednesday’s violence, were branded by the platform as false information. In a post on her personal account, Chase said on Friday that she had been blocked from posting more than 135,000 followers on her official Facebook page for 60 days. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a fundraising group and organization for state democrats, called on MPs who were present to resign or be expelled. DLCC President Jessica Post said in a statement that Republicans “welcomed the rebels.”
Stammy Williams, a spokesman for the Republican State Leadership Committee, a fundraising group and a Republican organization, said anyone involved in illegal activities and violating the Capitol should be prosecuted.
“RSLC strongly condemns acts of violence, illegal entry and destruction, including those charged against West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans,” Williams said in a statement.