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CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS NOW. THE IOWA GOP MUST:

  • denounce election fraud claims

  • denounce the insurrection attempt

  • denounce white supremacy and right-wing extremism

We are posting statements from Iowa elected leaders related to the November 2020 election, the insurrection, and right-wing extremism in America. If you have information to share about the reactions or participation of an Iowa elected official, please email us with a website, social media post, or other source. PLEASE NOTE: This is the work of volunteers. If you see an error, please let us know right away.

Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) Statements
ON ELECTION FRAUD CLAIMS:
Has not acknowledged Biden’s win as of Jan 7.

 

APNews, Jan 7, 2021
Reynolds decries riot but says many believe vote ‘not valid.’ 

“I don’t care what your politics are or what you believe happened in this election. When you have half of the electorate that feels that maybe something is not valid, then that’s a concern for our republic and we want to do everything we can to address that.” 

KCRG.com, Dec 10, 2020
Reynolds denies AG Miller’s request to oppose Texas lawsuit to overturn election: 
The Governor says she would have supported the lawsuit, while Iowa’s Attorney General says he would have opposed it.


ON INSURRECTION:
Minimized the June 6 events at the Capitol and sent mixed messages about the rioters.

 

DesMoines Register, Jan 7, 2021
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds: ‘Stop pointing fingers’ in wake of Trump supporters mobbing U.S. Capitol

The Gazette, Jan 7, 2021
Reynolds, legislative leaders denounce Capitol violence


ON EXTREMISM:
Governor Reynolds has a history of turning a blind eye to extremism. She did not stand up to either Steve King or Donald Trump. However, she has condemned the recent Henry County GOP post.

 

DesMoines Register, Jan 7, 2021
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds: ‘Stop pointing fingers’ in wake of Trump supporters mobbing U.S. Capitol

  Weareiowa.com, Jan 7, 2021
Republicans condemn county GOP ‘stay locked and loaded’ post.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
Did not acknowledge Biden’s win until Dec 14.  Hedged on Electoral College challenge. Lack of leadership stoked unwarranted fear and anger about election fraud.

 

DesMoines Register, Jan 5, 2021 
GOP U.S. Reps. Hinson, Miller-Meeks won’t challenge Electoral College results; other Republican members haven’t decided
 

   DesMoines Register, Dec 14, 2020
Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst acknowledge Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory 

The Gazette, Dec 7, 2020
Grassley, Ernst quick to call House race. But neither say Biden won presidency

DesMoines Register, Nov 12, 2020
Sen. Chuck Grassley says it’s still too soon to congratulate Joe Biden on victory


On Insurrection:
Has condemned the insurrection.

 

 Des Moines Register, Jan 7, 2021
“Everyone must take responsibility for their destructive actions yesterday, including the president… As the leader of the nation, the president bears some responsibility for the actions that he inspires — good or bad. Sadly, yesterday he displayed poor leadership in his words and actions, and he must take responsibility.”


 
Twitter, Jan 6, 2021
“Today’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was an attack on American democracy itself. I condemn today’s violence in the strongest terms & perpetrators deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I also thank Capitol Police for protecting our Capitol & staff.”


On Extremism:
Spoke against Steve King in 2019 but refused to hold hearings on white supremacy after Charlottesville.

NWIowa.com, Jan 16, 2019
Grassley speaks on King’s racist remarks

Politico, Aug 15, 2017
GOP chairmen resist hearings on white supremacy

 

Senator Joni Ernst (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
Did not acknowledge Biden’s win until Dec 14.  Hedged on Electoral College challenge. Lack of leadership stoked unwarranted fear and anger about election fraud.

 

DesMoines Register, Jan 5, 2021
GOP U.S. Reps. Hinson, Miller-Meeks won’t challenge Electoral College results; other Republican members haven’t decided

  DesMoines Register, Dec 14, 2020
Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst acknowledge Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory

The Gazette, Dec 7, 2020
Grassley, Ernst quick to call House race. But neither say Biden won presidency


On the Attempted Insurrection:
Has condemned the insurrection.

 Twitter, Jan 7, 2021
“I served in uniform to defend the right to peaceful protest. What’s happening at the Capitol right now is not peaceful nor a protest. It’s anarchy, & a betrayal of the American ideals we all hold dear. My staff and I are safe. Thanks to Capitol Police for your selfless work.”


On Extremism:
Condemned Steve King’s promotion of white supremacy but not Trump’s.

 

Washington Post, Jul 6, 2020
What 11 Republican senators had to say about Trump’s racism (nothing)

 Twitter, Jan 12, 2019
“I condemn Rep. Steve King’s comments on white supremacy; they are offensive and racist – and not representative of our state of Iowa. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone. We cannot continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation.”

 

 

Rep. Randy Feenstra (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
As of Jan 5 had not acknowledged Biden’s win. 

DesMoines Register, Jan 5, 2021
GOP U.S. Reps. Hinson, Miller-Meeks won’t challenge Electoral College results; other Republican members haven’t decided

Radio Iowa, Dec 21, 2020
Feenstra calling for House investigation of 2020 presidential election

DesMoines Register, Dec 18, 2021
U.S. Rep.-elect Randy Feenstra won’t yet acknowledge Joe Biden’s presidential victory


On the Attempted Insurrection
Rep. Feenstra has not denounced the insurrection.

KCRG.com, Jan 6, 2021
Congressman Randy Feenstra says “wonderful group” of peaceful protesters got carried away.


On Extremism
Rep. Feenstra called the insurrectionists a “wonderful group” on Jan 6, 2021

KCRG.com, Jan 6, 2021 (same as above)
Congressman Randy Feenstra says “wonderful group” of peaceful protesters got carried away.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
Acknowledged Biden’s victory on Dec 4

Iowa Press, Dec 4, 2020
Miller-Meeks says Biden is President-Elect


On the Attempted Insurrection:
Has denounced the insurrection.

 

Newton Daily News, Jan 11, 2021
MILLER-MEEKS: ‘This is a sad day for all of us’ IA02 Congresswoman says there are ‘proper ways to protest,’ but storming the U.S. Capitol isn’t one of them


On Extremism:
No statement as of 1/11/21
Rep. Ashley Hinson (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
Voted to certify the election while claiming election fraud

KWWL, Jan 5, 2021
Rep. Ashley Hinson: “We must count the electoral votes submitted by the states”
“We must respect the states’ authority here. Though doing so may frustrate our immediate political objectives, we have sworn an oath to promote the Constitution above our policy goals. We must count the electoral votes submitted by the states,”



On the Attempted Insurrection:
Rep. Hinson denounced the insurrection.

Twitter, Jan 6, 2021
President Trump needs to address the nation and call for an end to this violence and disruption to our democratic process. This is not how we do business in the United States of America.

Des Moines Register, Jan 7, 2012
Iowa Republicans decry President’s ‘poor leadership,’ but Democrats say it’s not enough
“Words matter and rhetoric matters and we saw that really firsthand at the Capitol this week… And I was disappointed in how the president handled the situation.” 


On Extremism:
No statement found as of 1/11/21
Rep. Cindy Axne (D) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
Acknowledged Biden’s victory

Iowa News Now, Nov 7, 2020
U.S Rep. Cindy Axne celebrates election of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris



On the Attempted Insurrection:
Calls for Trump’s Removal via the 25th Amendment

Des Moines Register, Jan 7, 2021
U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne calls on President Trump’s cabinet to remove him via 25th Amendment


On Extremism:
Condemns Extremism and Supports Justice in Policing Act of 2020

axne.house.gov
Rep. Axne Backs Comprehensive Legislation to Hold Law Enforcement Accountable, Address Systemic Racism and Bias

 

 

IOWA STATEHOUSE LEADERSHIP

Sen. Jake Chapman, Iowa Senate President (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
No statement found as of 1/11/21

On the Attempted Insurrection:
No statement found as of 1/11/21

On Extremism:
Jake Chapman repeats conspiracy theories and extreme language

The Perry News, Nov 3, 2020
Chapman’s extremes meet Varley’s means in state senate race

The Perry News, Oct 18, 2020
Jake Chapman claims BLM vandalism; critics smell hoax

The Perry News, Jun 23, 2020
Jake Chapman stokes vigilante zeal in some Iowa gun owners

 

Phone: 515-650-3942
Email: jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov

Sen. Jack Whitver, Iowa Senate Majority Leader (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
No statement found as of 1/11/21

On the Attempted Insurrection:
Denounced the Insurrection

Radio Iowa, Jan 11, 2021
“I think this is a small group of people that went and acted and I don’t think they speak for Republicans in general,” Whitver said on Iowa PBS, “and certainly doesn’t speak to what we want to do as an agenda.”

The Gazette, Jan 7, 2021
Reynolds, legislative leaders denounce Capitol violence


On Extremism:
No statement found as of 1/11/21
 

Phone: 515-281-3371
Email:  jack.whitver@legis.iowa.gov

Rep. Pat Grassley, Speaker of the House (R) Statements

Phone: 515-281-3221 (switchboard)
Email: pat.grassley@legis.iowa.gov

Representative Matt W. Windschitl, House Majority Leader (R) Statements
On Election Fraud Claims:
No statement found as of 1/11/21

On the Attempted Insurrection:
Denounces insurrection but equates with summer protests. 

RadioIowa, Jan 11, 2021
“I denounce it, whether it was what happened in D.C. or the riots that happened over the summer,’ so you’ve got a leader standing here saying: ‘It’s not ok,’” Windschitl said, to applause.” 


On Extremism:
No statement found as of 1/11/21
 

Phone: 515-281-3221 (switchboard)
Email: matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

Phone: Phone: 515-281-3221 (switchboard)
Email: john.wills@legis.iowa.gov

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Contact your elected leaders to demand the Iowa GOP pull back from aiding and abetting lies, violence and extremism.

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State Central Committee Party Chair Forum, Jan 11, 2021:

JD Scholten

Scholten: ‘Year-Round Organizing’ A Must For Iowa Democrats


posted from Iowa Starting Line
Posted November 17th, 2020 at 10:32am

Bill Brauch

Eight lessons of election week 2020 in Iowa

posted from Bleeding Heartland
Bill Brauch is a former Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee member and Third District Central Committee chair. -promoted by Laura Belin

JD Scholten

Scholten: ‘Year-Round Organizing’ A Must For Iowa Democrats


posted from Iowa Starting Line
Posted November 17th, 2020 at 10:32am

Brett W Copeland

Change in the Iowa Democratic Party must start at the top

posted from Bleeding Heartland
Brett W. Copeland is the Chair of the Dickinson County Democrats 

 

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