AG candidate says Jan 6 protesters were ‘heroes,’ praises her 2 staffers who went

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Former criminal defense attorney Lynne Torgerson (R), who is running for attorney general in Minnesota, disclosed at a forum on Jan. 25 that at least two of her staff attended the January 6 protest and called those there that day “heroes.”

Torgerson noted that “at the time” it appeared that President Joe Biden had been installed as president via a “coup” and that former President Trump had actually won the election. In that light and at that moment, the protesters who stormed the Capitol Building were heroes in her estimation.

“Ok, January 6th,” Torgerson remarked, “I should note that I have at least two people on my staff who were participants in January 6th. And quite honestly, it seemed at the time that the election of Joe Biden was actually somewhat of a coup and that the person who won was President Trump. And so I think in a lot of ways, the people at the Capitol on January 6 were heroes and trying to preserve who was actually elected.”

It is unclear if Torgerson’s staff took part in the riot or were there for other events including speeches. She did not offer any more details about her staff’s actions that day.

Torgerson’s comments were first publicized by Heartland Signal, which is a news outlet linked to Chicago’s Progressive Talk 820 AM. The outlet also pointed out that she claimed protester Ashli Babbitt was the only one to die during the riot.

The Republican event was hosted by the Chisago County Republican Party and live-streamed by GOP Secretary of State candidate Kelly Jahner-Byrne.

Another candidate who attended the event named Doug Wardlow also asserted that the rioters were being “improperly prosecuted.”

“As your attorney general, I will stand up for your constitutional rights. I will go to bat for people that were improperly prosecuted, with respect to the January 6 incident, and we will push back against the federal government,” Wardlow, who is running for Attorney General of Minnesota, said.

“I am the only candidate, by the way, who knows how to do this because I’ve been doing it for years,” the attorney added.

Wardlow is the general counsel for MyPillow and was the 2018 Republican nominee for attorney general in Minnesota. He was defeated by Democrat Keith Ellison in the election.

The owner of MyPillow, Mike Lindell, is one of Trump’s most ardent supporters.

Jim Schultz, a lawyer from South Haven and another GOP candidate for attorney general, did not explicitly mention the Jan. 6 rioters but asserted as attorney general, he would be the first person to file a lawsuit in “any instance when the federal government is unconstitutionally infringing [on] the rights of Minnesotans.”

“I have experience standing up to the federal government when the federal government lawlessly or unconstitutionally [is] acting towards people,” Schultz declared.

As of October, eight Minnesotans have been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 riot. A federal grand jury charged two of them, Isaac Westbury and Aaron James, with felonies after they allegedly stole a riot shield and used it to attack Capitol police officers.


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