Justin Hill: MO Lawmaker at Pro-Trump DC Capitol Attack Jan. 6
January 10, 2021 ~ By Shari Rose
Justin Hill’s Statements & Actions on January 6 at the Capitol
Justin Hill is a Republican lawmaker in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected in 2014 and serves on seven committees, including the Joint Committee on Government Accountability. In an interview with the Missouri Independent, Hill confirmed he was at the Capitol demonstration on January 6, but says he did not march into the building with the pro-Trump mob. On Facebook, he posted photos of himself at the Stop the Steal event and holding a Trump flag. He also live-streamed some of his interactions with the crowd on social media.
A couple hours later, rioters attacked the Capitol building, killed a police officer, planted pipe bombs, and attempted to harm elected officials. In total, five people died.
When U.S. senators returned to their chambers in the evening to finish the democratic process and confirm Joe Biden as president, Justin Hill seemed furious. He wrote on his Facebook page that “The United States Senate lacks Americans with courage to do what is right. They are selling out the American people and our constitutional republic.” Instead of applauding democracy for overcoming a coup attempt, Hill appeared to denounce American senators for fulfilling their elected duties.
Furthermore, Hill denied witnessing any “violence or property damage” from pro-Trump rioters on the 6th and defended Sen. Josh Hawley for attempting to subvert the 2020 election in Congress: “For Josh to take that stand and say Missourians want answers, we want to investigate this, this is what he is sent there to do,” said Hill. Hawley is currently facing national calls for his resignation for attempting to overturn presidential election results in multiple swing states that voted for Joe Biden.
Justin Hill’s Social Media Posts Leading up to the Capitol Riot
Justin Hill missed his own swearing-in ceremony to the Missouri House to join a pro-Trump Stop the Steal event on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Leading up to the day, Hill shared a number of conspiratorial posts on social media about stolen elections and the software used to count votes.
On November 30, Hill spread a popular conspiracy theory on Twitter that Dominion Voting Systems was stealing the election for Democrats while using the #stopthesteal hashtag. Two days later, Hill escalated his language, saying that he has “called upon AG Eric Schmitt to prosecute Dominion Voting Systems Inc for unpaid taxes.” Hill also publicly asked Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to “demand the software source code” on voting machines.
It appears that neither the attorney general nor secretary of state took any legal action because this is a debunked conspiracy theory.
Earlier in the month, Justin Hill shared on Twitter that he had moved to Parler, a right-wing messaging app that has since been removed from Apple and Google stores for breaking anti-violence policies.
On December 30, Hill shared a press release in which he applauds Sen. Josh Hawley for attempting to overturn the election results in a handful of swing states. On January 4, Justin Hill shared an invite with his Facebook followers to join the Stop the Steal rally in DC, which quickly devolved into a coup attempt at the Capitol. The link he shared, marchtosaveamerica.com, has since been removed from the web.
In addition to rhetoric on social media, Justin Hill escalated his calls to reject the results of the 2020 presidential election in the Missouri House. On November 10, Hill filed a resolution to declare that the House has no faith in the electoral results of six states that voted for Biden.
Calls for Justin Hill’s Resignation After Capitol Attack
Hill’s official Twitter account is either deleted or suspended. The Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee condemned Hill’s actions on Wednesday, and openly called for his resignation: “Any elected official who skips taking their oath of office to the Missouri Constitution in order to support insurrection is not fit for office.”
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