Trump spokeswoman calls for 2020 election arrests at QAnon Rally

Liz Harrington listens as former President Trump attends a security briefing before visiting the US-Mexico border wall, June 30, 2021 in Weslaco, Texas.  (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Liz Harrington listens as former President Trump attends a security briefing before visiting the US-Mexico border wall, June 30, 2021, in Weslaco, Texas. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, Pool

Former President Trump’s chief spokeswoman spoke at a QAnon-affiliated conference over the weekend, warning the public that if the liberals she says stole the 2020 election don’t are not thrown in jail, they will instead go after Trump supporters.

“It’s so important to have accountability and to rebuild that trust, because otherwise you’ll get more. There is no responsibility? Yeah. They will start arresting political opponents. They will start throwing political dissidents in jail. They’re going to parade people and interrogate you for your freedom of speech,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington said in a lengthy speech.

“Do you think it will be better next time?” she continued. “You really think that if there are no arrests from 2020, if there is no real disclosure and these people are not held accountable, you really think that they do not. will do more? »

When VICE News asked who, specifically, she meant to stop, Harrington didn’t name names but linked to two videos she said showed people filling ballot boxes with fraudulent votes. She did not respond to questions about whether she knew the conference organizers were QAnon adherents before she agreed to speak.

“Anyone who violated election laws should be charged. They could start with those who have committed voter fraud crimes on camera. So your headline should be: Trump Spokeswoman Calls for Those Who Violated Election Laws to Be Arrested,” Harrington told VICE News in an email.

Harrington wasn’t the only major MAGA Republican to speak at the “Patriots Arise” conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, hosted by two QAnon activists and deeply rooted in the language of right-wing Christian fundamentalism.

Other speakers included former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, Trump-endorsed Maryland GOP gubernatorial candidate and delegate Dan Cox, and Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate and state senator Doug Mastriano – and Michael Peroutka, a pro-secession Confederate sympathizer who is running as a Republican to be attorney general of Maryland.

Mastriano gave a long speech that argued that America is a Christian nation, mocked what he called “this myth of the separation of church and state,” and promised the public that he and they were “taking our country back.

“We will win on May 17 [Pennsylvania’s primary date], with your help. And in November, we will resume our state. My god will make it so,” Mastriano promised, to cheers from the crowd.

After his speech, Mastriano was given a “Sword of David” by convention co-hosts, podcasters and QAnon conspiracy theorists Allen and Francine Fosdick, whose website featured the QAnon slogan WWG1WGA (“Where we go a , we all will”).

“Where is Goliath? Mastriano laughed as he raised the sword.

Mastriano went from being a little-known backbencher in the state Senate to a top MAGA official leading the charge to try to undo Trump’s 2020 election defeat in Pennsylvania. Trump has described him as a “great patriot” and is currently neck and neck with former GOP Rep. Lou Barletta in recent polls in a crowded primary field to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Mastriano’s running mate for the lieutenant governor, Teddy Daniels, also spoke at the conference, warning the audience that “we are at war in this country, we are losing this country.” He also said the only way to be civil with the Liberals is after “we beat them”.

“We will be civilians on our terms, not theirs,” he said.

Michael Peroutka, who is running as a Republican to be attorney general of Maryland, also spoke on the first day of the conference. He has advocated for the South to secede to form a Christian nation and has strong ties to former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. He also spent years on the board of the pro-secession League of the South, though he left the organization before it was a key organizer of Charlottesville’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally. .

Peroutka’s weekend speech was tame by comparison: He simply called for the impeachment of Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan over Hogan’s COVID-19 policies.

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