Austin, Texas — It was one week ago, indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton incited violence among right-wing terrorists gathered in Washington DC just before they stormed the Capitol building by force.
Paxton is now the only state attorney general unwilling to condemn the violence that resulted in the deaths of five people, one of those being a federal police officer at the US Capitol.
“Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton was notably absent from a Jan. 12 letter signed by 50 state and territorial attorneys general that condemns the Capitol riot.”
“Paxton is a staunch Trump supporter who co-chaired the re-election group Lawyers for Trump. He spoke at the “Save America” rally at the Capitol in the hours prior to the riot last week, telling the crowds “we will not quit fighting” to overturn the election results. Neither Paxton’s office nor his campaign spokesman responded to requests for comment.”
“The events of January 6 represent a direct, physical challenge to the rule of law and our democratic republic itself,” the letter read. “Together, we will continue to do our part to repair the damage done to institutions and build a more perfect union. As Americans and those charged with enforcing the law, we must come together to condemn lawless violence, making clear that such actions will not be allowed to go unchecked.”
Paxton is exactly the opposite of what our Democracy stands for. He should immediately vacate his office
Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement:
“Though Paxton has been part of a long line of Texas Republicans who refused to accept the election results, he is the ONLY state attorney general to refuse to condemn the violence at the US Capitol on January 6.
“Everyone, apparently except Ken Paxton, recognizes these violent groups are disgusting. Texans are sick of this nonsense. We should all remember, indicted Ken Paxton is up for reelection in 2022.”