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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 02:04 PM

Group wants Assemblyman Voepel expelled for comments on Capitol riot

California chapters of a group focused on national security are calling on the State Assembly to expel member Randy Voepel, R-Santee, for comments he made following the siege on the U.S. Capitol last week.

“This is Lexington and Concord. First shots fired against tyranny,” Voepel said in a San Diego Union-Tribune article that ran three days after the Capitol riot which left five people dead, including a San Diego woman. “Tyranny will follow in the aftermath of the Biden swear-in on January 20th,” Voepel said.

He later tweeted that he condemned violence and lawlessness.

The Truman National Security Project has sent a letter to the state Assembly calling for Voepel to be expelled for his earlier comments.

“These words are an explicit glorification of the insurrection and direct incitement of further violence,” the letter read. “Assemblymember Voepel is both an elected official and a veteran of the U.S. military. We believe that he has violated his sworn oath and must be held accountable.”

On Tuesday, Voepel he said his comments were misconstrued.


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