Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) penetrated the police barricades on the Capitol on Jan. 6 and blamed “leftist provacateurs” for the next siege of the constructing. But he didn’t breach the Capitol, in keeping with experiences.
The Orange County Register known as him “the highest profile politician known to be on the ground that day.”
The right-wing ex-lawmaker was recognized in pictures by the nameless group Capitol hunters, who posted a photograph of him amongst a pro-Trump mob that was 500 toes past the restricted space.
Rohrabacher confirmed it was him on Monday. He told the Press Herald in Maine, the place he now lives, that the 2020 election was fraudulent and needs to be protested, however he “was not there to make a scene and do things that were unacceptable.”
Rohrabacher mentioned demonstrators who did enter the constructing “gave the left the ability to direct the discussion of what was going on in a way that was harmful to the things we believe in.” The Orange County politician, who misplaced a reelection bid in 2018, echoed a false Republican conspiracy idea that “leftist provocateurs” inspired the throng to storm the constructing.
There’s no proof that Rohrabacher entered the constructing or dedicated acts of violence. Hundreds have been charged within the Jan. 6 riot fomented by the widespread lie that the election of President Joe Biden was rigged.
During his 30-year reign in Congress, Rohrabacher grew to become identified for being considered one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “most vocal defenders,” The Washington Post wrote.
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” then-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) reportedly mentioned in 2016, in keeping with the Post.
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