Leader of Dems Jan 6 candlelight vigil led ‘violent disruptions’ during Trump Inauguration

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On Thursday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., culminated a day-long campaign marking the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol with a candlelight prayer vigil on the very steps of the building that was breached by protesters.

“On behalf of the distinguished Democratic leader of the Senate, all of our colleagues from the House and Senate, we prayerfully mark one year since the insurrection, and patriotically honor the heroes who defended the Capitol and our democracy that day,” Pelosi said, repeating the Democratic Party’s established narrative. “Let us all here join in a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives and sacrificed so much for our democracy that day.”

There was also a candlelight vigil on the National Mall, and the woman who organized the event “is the same Antifa-affiliated woman who planned disruptions for the inaugurations of both President George W. Bush and President Donald Trump,” The Federalist’s Jordan Boyd reported.

Not only that, Liz Butler, a “partner” with Movement Catalyst, the organization hosting the vigil, “also co-founded and organized the group that terrorized Sen. Josh Hawley’s wife and newborn baby last year over the Republican’s objections to the 2020 election results,” Boyd added.

Butler’s biography on the organization’s website says she has “30 years of experience organizing, campaigning, and movement building” in the pursuit of “social justice, economic justice, climate justice, fossil fuel resistance, and environmental justice.”

Conservative talk radio host Tammy Bruce shared the article from The Federalist on Twitter:

Sen. Hawley sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling on them to “condemn” the leaders of the vigil and “ask members in your caucuses to cancel their planned support for this event.”

His wife, Erin Hawley was home alone with the couple’s infant daughter in January when protestors from ShutdownDC descended on their home. The group reportedly opposed Hawley’s plans to object to electors from Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Hawley filed a criminal complaint after asking the protesters to leave, telling them, “We’ve got neighbors and a baby, thank you.”

“I was fearful and closed and locked the door,” she said in a statement accompanying the criminal complaint, after the protests refused to disperse.

“Dems ‘candlelight vigil’ for democracy today organized by antifa radicals who have encouraged rioting, harassed elected officials, tried to disrupt Trump inauguration, & last year harassed my wife & child and were charged with criminal trespass,” Hawley tweeted, in sharing the letter on Twitter. Applying the same standard the left does against the GOP, he added: “Dems who attend this support them.”

Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway shared a thread from Kyle Shideler, the director and senior analyst for homeland security and counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy, that also detailed Butler’s history.

Included in the information Shideler shared was that Butler is “the co-founder of Shutdown DC, adding that this is the same group “which tormented Rep. Josh Hawley’s wife, and held a planning call with Lisa Fithian where they discussed occupying government buildings in the event Trump should win.”

He also noted that Shutdown DC “was sponsored by a straight up Antifa group, All-Out DC.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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