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Some Texas Republicans decried Capitol insurrection — but didn’t connect the violence to their own rhetoric

Texas lawmakers and other officials have taken the lead on baseless lawsuits that sought to dismiss the results of the presidential election and have tried to rally Trump supporters to protest his loss.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, spoke at a Freedom Caucus press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in December of 2020.
Trump supporters enter the Capitol during a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. The House and Senate's joint session was sent to recess after the breach as it convened to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November's election.
Trump supporters enter the Capitol during a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. The House and Senate's joint session was sent to recess after the breach as it convened to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November's election.

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