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Opinion: The disturbing tweets from GOPers who wouldn't accept Biden's win

March 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Those officials who voted against certifying a valid democratic election January 6 and who had spent months playing Trump's dangerous game -- preemptively, ominously, casting doubt on the outcome well ahead of November 3 -- and then goaded his followers in the aftermath, helped promote the narrative that poured gasoline on the insurrection, writes Frida Ghitis.

(CNN)What should happen if the public words and actions of members of Congress helped contribute to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6?

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif), has compiled pieces of the publicly available social media postings made by those representatives who voted to deny Americans their choice of president; they did this even after a riotous mob overran the Capitol just hours earlier.

Lofgren's report includes, for example, a video of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has previously backed QAnon from Georgia, declaring a month before the election that, "the only way to get your freedoms back is if it's earned with the price of blood. " (After the riot, she would falsely suggest that those who had broken into the Capitol were not Republicans and instead falsely implied so-called "Antifa" dressed as Trump supporters were to blame. )

Federal investigators have already found signs of contact between the rioters and members of Congress, in addition to communication among the Capitol invaders in which they talk about their links with lawmakers in the days around January 6 (Sessions deleted the tweet about his "great meeting" with Stop the Steal; he posted a new one the afternoon of the Capitol invasion, saying the riot "should not have occurred and should not be tolerated," according to The Dallas Morning News. )

Four days before the attack, Gosar tweeted, "sedition and treason for stealing votes is appropriate. " At a rally a few weeks earlier, Gosar had exhorted the crowd to "conquer the Hill" to bring Trump back to power.

Then there's Rep. Devin Nunes, another Trump acolyte, who in recent weeks highlighted and commented, "Awesome" below a Parler message declaring, "For some Americans it's not enough to just sit and watch the news, they take action. " Nunes also reposted a Parler post that said, "We're still living in the coup. "

Another Trump fan, Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson -- the former White House doctor who made ridiculous claims about the then President's health and has just been excoriated in a report by the Pentagon's inspector general for a multitude of rule violations -- on December 28 offered a three-step plan to "take our country back. " Step Three, in his Twitter post, reads "Jan 6th throw out the fraudulent vote. " By that date, of course, the courts had repeatedly ruled against claims that votes were fraudulent.

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