The Minnesota DFL has criticized the rhetoric of one GOP official at a rally at the Minnesota state Capitol Wednesday, the same day extremists stormed the United States Capitol in opposition to the certification of Joe Biden’s election win.
At a rally Wednesday on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol, protesters showed up in support of President Donald Trump and rejected November’s election results. Around 500 people were in attendance, according to the Star Tribune.
Among the attendees who spoke was Alley Waterbury, who is a local GOP leader in House District 53, covering an area including Woodbury. In a recording from the rally, Waterbury criticized judges and elected officials who threw out baseless claims of election fraud, as well as those who upheld COVID-19 restrictions.
“And these other judges that we’re coming for, we’re going to come for you in a way where we are going to back you into a corner," she said.
"We are going to bring your decision-making to the forefront because you’re not going to hide behind that bench anymore. You're not going to make those decisions behind closed doors. You're going to answer to we the people,” Waterbury said.
In a statement to BMTN, Minnesota GOP spokesman Jack Tomczak said that Waterbury "isn't recognized as a BPOU leader (basic political operating unit) by the MN GOP," and that "she doesn't speak for the MNGOP or SD53 (Senate District 53)."
"Of course we do not condone her statements," Tomczak added.
In response to Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement that he would not support objections to the electoral college certification, Waterbury spoke in favor of demonstrations at the Capitol in Washington D.C., in which a violent insurrection stormed the building in an attempt to stop the process.
“Now you know why Trump wanted us there. I can’t express to you guys, you will be threatened, you will be scorned,” Waterbury said. “My god you guys, we are going to fight, we are going to go down, there's going to be casualties. I'll be the first casualty, I don’t care. We are not going to give up.”
Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin called on Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan to remove Waterbury from party leadership in response to the remarks.
“The violence that engulfs the United States Capitol did not emerge out of nowhere. It was stoked, fueled, and encouraged by reckless and irresponsible rhetoric carelessly thrown around by leaders within the Republican Party. Enough is enough,” Martin said in a statement.