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Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association warns against GOP silence on election validity, violence

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

* IDCCA…

In light of the FBI note that warns of potential armed protests being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol, President Kristina Zahorik of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association (IDCCA) released the following statement and called on all Illinois Republicans to publicly acknowledge Joe Biden was officially elected President:

“Yesterday’s news that the FBI is warning of armed protests at state capitols is alarming, but not surprising. These dangerous threats should be labeled exactly what they are, domestic terrorism. The voters have spoken, the courts have spoken, and the Congress has spoken. Joe Biden was elected the next President.”

“Republicans throughout Illinois, including County Clerks and other Election authorities, should publicly denounce these violent calls to action and clearly state that Joe Biden was elected President in a free and fair election. Anything less will be considered approval of these attacks against democracy.”

Your own thoughts on this?

…Adding… The ILGOP notes that the party “denounced any and all violence the day the attack happened” and “neither the ILGOP nor the Chairman has ever said the election was stolen.”

…Adding… More…


…Adding… The ILGOP and others might also want to speak out on this…


…Adding… Uihlein’s campaign contributions, both state and federal, are here. [Fixed link]

…Adding… Here’s one…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

38 Comments
  1. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:48 am:

    Republican leaders in Illinois have been trying to publicly ignore Trump and DC Republicans for five years, while allowing extremism to fester within their organizations. By remaining silent on last week’s coup attempt, they are just as culpable as Trump.


  2. - Commisar Gritty - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:48 am:

    Kristina is absolutely right. They need to denounce their violent radicals before the protests, otherwise they’re complicit. The police found multiple pipe bombs, homemade napalm, and terrorists were walking around with rifles all over the place. This can’t be underestimated, it’s a miracle there weren’t more deaths.

    The Republicans in DC that continue to spread baseless lies and object have blood on their hands already, don’t join them.


  3. - Larry Bowa Jr. - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:51 am:

    I agree with Ms. Zahorik 100%, and also don’t think it will have any impact on a single member of the republican party. I thought it was time to pick a side 5 years ago and we now know which side most of them have picked.


  4. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:51 am:

    Hopefully law enforcement and States Attorneys will not just stand by in county and local situations if any of these scenarios occur. Some were totally ineffective and continue to be so for COVID-19 issues such as mask and other enforcement measures. It’s time to stand together as difficult as that will be to have to confront and possibly arrest and convict friends, neighbors, and family. Those that want to provoke and destroy are counting on being allowed to do so with no or little consequences from their friends, neighbors, and family regardless of how bad and dangerous their behaviors may be.


  5. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:52 am:

    “Republicans throughout Illinois, including County Clerks and other Election authorities, should publicly denounce these violent calls to action and clearly state that Joe Biden was elected President in a free and fair election. Anything less will be considered approval of these attacks against democracy.”

    Fair is fair.

    It’s only what Republicans demanded of every Muslim when any Muslim did anything anywhere in the world.

    – MrJM


  6. - Terry Salad - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:53 am:

    “Republicans throughout Illinois, including County Clerks and other Election authorities, should publicly denounce these violent calls to action and clearly state that Joe Biden was elected President in a free and fair election. Anything less will be considered approval of these attacks against democracy.”

    I agree with this statement. Republicans have to disavow the lies that have been spread by thier cohorts.


  7. - JoanP - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:53 am:

    Considering a report today that in December, when rioters stormed the Oregon statehouse, a Republican legislator let them in, yes, I think she’s absolutely right.

    Too many Republicans have either been silent on this, played it down, or outright supported the lies. They bear responsibility.


  8. - Sonny - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:53 am:

    Way to go GOP. All that has happened up until now and you are presently doing the bare minimum. Go back to your districts and receive your awards.


  9. - Notorious RBG - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:55 am:

    They absolutely should. To the update, “we never said the election was stolen” is *not the same* as saying “Joe Biden was lawfully elected President.”


  10. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:55 am:

    Like the action from the Il. County Dem chairs. Party action. how refreshing.


  11. - Denny's Grand Slam - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 10:57 am:

    McConchie and Durkin both issued statements denouncing the violent actors and acts that occurred in DC. McConchie even penned up an op-ed too. Maybe this is an attempt to shift attention away from the Speaker vote…


  12. - Levois J - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:00 am:

    It seemed there wasn’t a lot of support for Trump from this state’s GOP so there shouldn’t be much surprise at this. The nonsense that happened last week at the US Capitol should be condemned as it led to a severe disruption of the work of the US Congress.


  13. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:04 am:

    If anyone should be okay with purity tests, it should be the GOP.


  14. - Shytown - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:07 am:

    It’s refreshing to see someone in statewide dem party leadership calling out the silence of the repubs. And it’s more than just leadership in the repub party coming out against these acts of insurrection - it’s all gop electeds. This is the time to show which side of the fence you’re on, not a time to hide.


  15. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:08 am:

    Mark Batinick has a staff member who has been spreading election conspiracy lies on stage to thousands of people.

    The same staff member organized the Moms for America event at the capitol where discussions regarding a german chancellor from the 1930s was taking place.

    He hasn’t said a word about it.


  16. - truthteller - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:10 am:

    we need all Il-gop to state that any attempt this weekend to do any type of armed protest, which is ILLEGAL in Illinois be dealt using the most serious measures available. Otherwise they are part of it


  17. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:13 am:

    =McConchie and Durkin=

    That is two. And Durkin does a lot of demanding so this is completely fair. I for one, would like to see Republican Sheriff’s throughout Illinois put out statements against the violence and election fraud. Too many of them are sympathetic to these fake patriot groups. If you look at them nationally it is a bit scary.


  18. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:15 am:

    What do Paul Schimpf and Todd Ricketts think about this?


  19. - Commisar Gritty - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:18 am:

    Also re: that latest tweet about Uihlein, we know the Tea Party was a complete Astro-turf job set up by Republican donor class to obstruct Obama and keep their taxes low. It was thoroughly documented in Jane Meyer’s book “Dark Money”. And if you want further proof, did you notice how the Tea Party candidates became stalwart Wallstreet defenders after they blocked up /amended into dirt the Obamacare bill? It was a scam from day 1.

    Also if we’re just hearing about ILGOP’s denunciations of the terrorists now, they need to make their statements a little louder. I’m not saying they gotta do it in sky writing over the capitol or anything, but hold a press conference or something. It can literally save lives.

    Actually, I’ve since changed my mind on the sky writing but only because it would be awesome.


  20. - S. Side - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:18 am:

    Specifically, the IDCCA should focus on Eastern Bloc members and county board chairs to denounce DC MAGA insurrectionists.


  21. - MadManMad - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:21 am:

    If we are calling out Uihlein for supporting TPUSA, we should also throw newly elected state Rep. Ozinga in the mix. He is, after all, on the TPUSA Advisory Board. I haven’t seen any statements from him yet.


  22. - Jocko - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:25 am:

    ==blamed “Antifa people” for storming the Capitol==

    For G-d’s sake, does DJT know that Antifa stands for Anti (defined as ‘opposed to; against’) Fascism? How can any of his 74 million voters believe this nonsense?


  23. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:36 am:

    It is not nearly enough to condemn the violence while remaining silent on the rhetoric and people which encouraged it in the first place. Even in the face of impeachment the President is today defending his behavior as ‘totally appropriate’ including his directive to ‘fight like hell.’ Exactly how will this calm division or discourage further violence? It won’t.

    Those that encouraged this were enablers. Those that remain silent are complicit.


  24. - Last Bull Moose - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:41 am:

    The Republican Party has a chance to marginalize their extremist members. They should take it with vigor.


  25. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:46 am:

    ===has a chance to marginalize their extremist members===

    I’ve been saying for awhile it’s long past time for the republican party at the national level to learn the lessons the democratic party enacted at the state level when they dealt with the larouche faction within their own party.


  26. - LakeCo - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 11:50 am:

    “neither the ILGOP nor the Chairman has ever said the election was stolen.”

    Right, and no members of the ILGOP have ever said the election was stolen… /s


  27. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 12:07 pm:

    Rich–Your link is to the Sun-Times article about the firefighter bill not campaign contributions.


  28. - Independent - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 12:08 pm:

    Tea Party? Oh, that group. I almost forgot about them in these past four years. Shortly after noon Jan. 20 they will once again strongly oppose large governmental deficits. Or something like that.


  29. - The Rabbit - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 12:35 pm:

    Has there ever been a bigger bunch of patronage hacks than the DCCA? My lord, if one of these federal investigations ever morphs into a look into patronage abuses these folks are a partof they are really in for it.


  30. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 12:43 pm:

    Politicians should always condemn violence. I also think that all GOP senators and house members should attend the upcoming inauguration.


  31. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 12:51 pm:

    =Politicians should always condemn violence.=

    Even better if they don’t encourage it to begin with.


  32. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 12:53 pm:

    There is a fight coming…the choice is between Democracy and Tyranny.


  33. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 12:53 pm:

    Pundent. Absolutely.


  34. - Maximus - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 1:02 pm:

    Kinzinger was being quite vocal about denouncing the fraud claims and violence and extremism. We need more like him.


  35. - Quizzical - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 1:17 pm:

    Wait, Uihlein and the Tea Party are supporting President $6 Trillion in debt (about as much per capita as Illinois Pension debt)? Methinks the Tea Party really wasn’t about the deficit.


  36. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 2:48 pm:

    ===I for one, would like to see Republican Sheriff’s throughout Illinois put out statements against the violence and election fraud. Too many of them are sympathetic to these fake patriot groups. If you look at them nationally it is a bit scary.===

    My own personal trust of local law enforcement is at an all-time low. There is cop in my town that still has 4 Trump signs and two flags flying in his yard. No way I would trust that guy. There is almost zero chance I would help if he was involved in an investigation. You think he would be smart enough to know that public trust is the foundation of his job. So I doubt there will be denunciation from any cop in my town or county. Maybe a 1% chance.


  37. - Gdubya - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 3:59 pm:

    The country was so lucky one of the terrorists that ransacked the nations capitol did not have a bomb or was a suicide bomber. We could very well have no federal government left and Trump would have instituted martial law. I’m not too sure that wasn’t his actual plan. He’s going to be in a world of hurt after this if we can make it until the end of his term. If….


  38. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Tuesday, Jan 12, 21 @ 4:17 pm:

    I think the republicans will need help before they can do anything like this. Freshman Congress Meijer (republican from Michigan) said explicitly that many of his fellow gop representatives disagreed with the vote to object to election results, but felt forced to because they feared for their lives and the lives of their families. Take a minute to think about that. They actively voted against their conscience because they feared their own voters. GOP has lost control of the monster they created, and apparently we will all have to help before it destroys the entire village.


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