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On Wednesday morning, Ken Paxton stood in front of a roaring crowd, reminding a sea of supporters of President Donald Trump that the president “is a fighter” and so should his supporters.
“Were here. We won’t give up fighting,” he said, condemning Republican officials in Georgia who stood by President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there. “We’re Texans, we’re Americans, and we’re not giving up . “
But by evening – after members of the crowd invited him to Washington, DC, he was stirred up by false claims about election fraud, resorted to violence, sabotage on windows and walls to smash the nation’s capitol. Broke, forcing members of Congress. Ran away and left at least one woman – he had claimed that they were not his ilk at all.
“These are not Trump supporters,” he claimed wrongly on Twitter and Facebook, citing inaccurate reports that a crowd of pro-Trump who attacked the Capitol were infiltrated by liberal Antifast activists, a loose-fitting Opposing actions seen as members of the antiwar movement. “Authoritarian, homophobic, racist or xenophobic.”
The irreversible axis provides a remarkable day in American history: in Paxton, Texas, and, like other nations, killed entire Trump supporters in a discouraging frenzy, claiming it was stolen from them. When that frenzy reached its violent conclusion, he blamed someone else.
In an interview Thursday morning with Fox News, Paxton overthrown the violent actors and said they should be prosecuted. But he resigned angrily, giving wind to Wednesday’s events.
“There is a lot of disappointment in this country from those who think the election was not conducted in a proper way… .it is going to create discontent in our country,” said Paxton, co-chair of lawyers for the Trump Coalition. “And that’s where we are.”
When asked by The Texas Tribune what evidence Paxton had, posing as Trump supporters, the Antifa protesters attacked the US Capitol, a Paxton spokesman said he only tweets from a journalist Was sharing According to Georgetown University research, the man who publicized his claims was former reporter Paul Sperry of the right-wing website WorldNetDaily, who has a long record of “promoting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.”
Spokesman Ian Prior said in a text message that Paxton condemns the violence, but encourages citizens to “fight for their rights in the battle box”, through their First Amendment in the courts and in opposition to peace. “
There is no evidence that the rioters broke the American Capitol, they were members of Antifa; In fact, photo evidence shows known right-wing agitators. And Trump himself admitted that the rioters had backed him to say, “We love you, you’re so special.”
Paxton’s critics said that his rhetoric and his leadership on the electoral fraud issue contributed to the real loss – as did other Republicans in Texas, including US Sen. Ted Cruz, who objected to certifying the number of votes in several states was.
“We know that Ted Cruz and Ken Paxton both know that Joe Biden won this election, yet they are deciding to score with their violent base to gain extremist, right-wing support,” a spokesman for Abraham Rahman Said the Texas Democratic Party.
On Thursday, Grand Prairie state representative, Chris Turner, chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, called for an investigation into Paxton’s role in Wednesday’s riot, leaving the door open to curb the power of his office, pushing his budget. Confined, even censored and impeached. .
“By filing a bogus lawsuit that airs unsolicited intrigues about a free and fair election in Washington and D.C. to ego over the mob of rebels, Paxton ends the national crisis with the first violation of our nation Has played a large role in doing so. The capital since the War of 1812, “Turner said.” Even today, Paxton has used social media to spread lies about yesterday’s actions of violence and rebellion. “
In December, Paxton’s support for Trump took the form of a widely banned, and ultimately dismissed, lawsuit before the US Supreme Court demanding states toss the election results in four battlegrounds to the White House Which was handed over to Biden. Defamatory claims of election fraud in the battlegrounds went to trial.
Paxton finds himself in a precarious political situation even before Wednesday’s disastrous events. Since October, he has been embroiled in a scandal after eight of his top aides at the Attorney General’s office said officials believed he was breaking the law by doing a series of favors for a political donor.
Texas Republicans – many of whom remained sober for the last five years as Paxton faced fraudulent fraudulent defense of felony – came forward to express their disapproval. His resignation has been called by some fellow conservatives, including his former top aide, US Rep. Chip Roy. An FBI investigation into Paxton’s conduct is reportedly proceeding from full-throttle, and in the meantime, fresh criminal charges are set to be fined millions of dollars for his constituents: Texas taxpayers.
Paxton has been in hot water before as well, and often it only survived galvanizing support from the right side of the Republican Party to climb higher politically. He did something different with a long-shot run for speaker of the Texas House, then was elected to the state Senate. He characterized long-standing hooliganism allegations as a political witch hunt, similar to what Trump did in Washington.
Nevertheless, Paxton may now have fewer defenders than before.
At a low point in his rollercoaster political career, Paxton lent the legitimacy of office to stake claims that prompted violence, by placing bets on the Trump base to get him back up the hill.
Paxton has long been a close Trump aide, greeting the president when Air Force One touches Texas, with the administration in legal proceedings and supporting the president’s most controversial policies, including a ban on travel to Muslim-majority countries also includes. And he often talks about Trump in public appearances, an easy applause for Paxton’s own political base, which includes the rightful part of the Republican Party.
A favorite is the story of Trump calling while Paxton was in the shower. At an event in September, Paxton described a conversation he had with Trump, saying, “They asked me about my legal stuff, I asked about their legal stuff.”
“We kind of bonded,” Paxton joked. “It was kind of weird.”
Now, his support of the president has expanded into increasingly dangerous territory – with some speculating publicly that Paxton may be the angle for a pardon.
The Supreme Court’s electoral challenge “looks like a fella begging for a pardon rather than a lawsuit – because all of its claims have already been dismissed by federal courts and Texas’ own solicitor general is not signing it Are, “US Sen, Ben Saas, R-Neb. said last month.
First dismissed that as “an absurd laughing conspiracy theory.”
In an interview on Fox on Thursday morning, Paxton was asked if he had been in contact with Trump since the riot on Wednesday.
He did not talk to the president. But he hoped before Trump left office.
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