Rep. Justin Price Has To Go

More glory for the Rhode Island Republican party. State Rep. Justin Price took part in the violent insurrection that took place in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Edward Fitzpatrick writes in the Boston Globe:

In a series of tweets, Representative Justin Price, a Richmond Republican, said that he “marched to the Capitol” with “peaceful patriots,” but said he didn’t enter the building and claimed Antifa “false flagged” the “Trump rally.”

The FBI has said there is no evidence that Antifa activists were involved in the violent riots in and around the Capitol.

And he is a public health menace. This is how he began the new session with his colleagues.

Price traveled to Washington one day after refusing to wear a face mask when the House convened at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium for the opening day of the 2021 legislative session.

Several Rhode Island legislators and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner are among those calling for his resignation or expulsion. The Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus issued a statement which reads in part:

Representative Price admits to enthusiastically attending the January 6 Washington DC event — an event where many of the participants wore or carried racist, anti-semitc, anti-democratic items such as shirts saying “Camp Auschwitz” and other pro-Nazi slogans, Confederate flags, and signs and shirts boasting of the subversion of the democratic process on January 6. These rioters stormed our Capitol on Wednesday in a failed attempt to disrupt the certification of a free and fair election. Marching alongside these people marks Price as an anti-American, anti-democracy seditionist. As the FBI investigates the death and destruction the terrorists left in their wake, we hope that Price is held accountable for any role he may have played during this dark moment in our nation’s history.

House Minority Leader Blake Filippi sees nothing wrong with the man’s behavior. And why would he? The RNC has just reelected chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman Trump installed four years ago as the titular head of the GOP, unanimously without a challenger. Yes. Good job. We want more of this.

[Correction: Price took office in 2015; he had been incorrectly identified as “newly elected.”  Thank you Will Collette of Progressive Charlestown who wrote this piece on the same topic. BC]

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