Dozens of Republican Party groups used Facebook to help organize bus trips to DC for pro-Trump insurrection
Dozens of Republican Party groups used Facebook to help organize bus trips to Washington, D.C., for events that ended up becoming the deadly January 6 pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“This is a call to ALL patriots from Donald J Trump for a BIG protest in Washington DC! TAKE AMERICA BACK! BE THERE, WILL BE WILD!” wrote the New Hanover County GOP of North Carolina in a Facebook post advertising bus seats. (The phrase “be there, will be wild!” was a rallying cry by Trump to his followers for that day.)
“BUS TRIP to DC .... #StoptheSteal. If your passions are running hot and you're intending to respond to the President's call for his supporters to descend on DC on Jan 6, LISTEN UP!” wrote the Polk County Republican Party of North Carolina in a Facebook post.
“Fight back! Stop the Steal MAGA Bus Trip … Tell Congress - DO NOT CERTIFY THIS VOTE,” stated a flier posted by the Bergen County Republican Organization in New Jersey.
Days after the Trump riot, Facebook belatedly said it would remove “Stop the Steal” content. Numerous associated groups are still active on the platform, which served as a key staging ground for organizing the pro-Trump events that culminated in the attack on the Capitol last week.
Right-wing media figures, Republican Party officials, and President Donald Trump also helped incite the deadly pro-Trump riots on January 6.
The following are over two dozen links to Republican Party organizations that used Facebook to help bring people to D.C. on January 6:
- Accomack County Republicans (VA)
- Ashtabula County Republican Party (OH)
- Augusta County Republican Committee (VA)
- Bedford County Republican Party (TN)
- Bergen County Republican Organization (NJ)
- Berks County Republican Committee (PA)
- Carroll County Republican Committee (VA)
- Cheboygan County Republicans (MI)
- Crawford County Republican Party (PA)
- Cumberland County GOP (PA)
- Delaware Republican Party (DE)
- Emmet County Republican Party (MI)
- Hoke County GOP (NC)
- Huntingdon County Republican Committee (PA)
- Huron County Republican Party (MI)
- Martin County Republican Party (FL)
- McLean County Republican Party (IL) [Update 1/13: The link is no longer available.]
- Monongalia County GOP (PA)
- Moon GOP (PA)
- Oceana County GOP (MI)
- New Hanover County GOP (NC)
- Pasco County Republican Executive Committee (FL)
- Polk County North Carolina Republican Party (NC)
- Portage County Ohio Republican Party (OH) [Update 1/13: The link is no longer available.]
- Republican Committee of Chester County (PA)
- Republican Party of Shawano (WI)
- Republican Party of Virginia Beach (VA)
- Robertson County Republican Party (TN)
- Rutherford County GOP (TN)
- St. Johns County Republican Party (FL)
- Sussex County Republicans (DE)
- Trumbull County GOP (OH)
- Washington County Republican Party (WI)
- Waupaca County Republican Party (WI)
- Westmoreland County Republican Committee (PA)
- Williamsburg James City County Republicans (VA)
Update (1/14/21): This list has been updated with additional examples of Republican Party groups.