LaRock Faces Calls for Resignation after Capitol Riot

In the wake of an attempted insurrection last week at the U.S. Capitol, Del. Dave LaRock (R-33) is facing calls to resign for his role encouraging attendance at the event and spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and the violence in the Capitol last week.

Last Wednesday’s events, which saw Trump-supporting rioters on the floor of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and offices of lawmakers, marked the first time the capitol building has been stormed since 1814. That was when British troops set fire to the building, which was still under construction, during the War of 1812.

LaRock took part in the protest, as well as encouraging constituents to participate in the rally. Following the riot—which killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer who was fatally beaten by the mob—LaRock has continued to post conspiracy theories on social media including that the Trump-supporting mob had been infiltrated by “paid provocateurs,” and that there was credible doubt around the validity of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

LaRock said Wednesday’s events were, for the most part, “an outstanding exercise of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. There was no vandalism, trash was picked up, and many times the masses sang the National Anthem together.”

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms those who forced entry into the Capitol, destroyed property, disrupted the meeting of Congress, and caused injuries and a death,” LaRock wrote in a statement after the riot. “The actions taken by rioters during this summer’s riots across the country were wrong, and so were the actions taken by those who stormed the U.S. Capitol today.”

He now faces calls to resign from the Loudoun NAACP, fellow lawmakers, and at least two county supervisors. More are expected from the local Democratic Party.

“The NAACP Loudoun Branch condemns all acts of treason and insurrection against the U.S. government,” reads an NAACP statement published over the weekend. “We repudiate the actions of the violent mob of ‘Trump supporters’ and domestic terrorist, who intentionally attempted to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election and the peaceful transfer of power to President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Therefore, we now call for the immediate resignation, investigation and the suspension of Virginia State GOP Del. Dave LaRock for his inciteful support of the U.S. Capital Coup D’ Etat insurrection, his attendance of the ‘Trump Uprising’ and his attempt to undermine U.S. Democracy and disenfranchise the sacred votes of millions of African Americans on January 6, 2021.”

The statement also calls for a condemnation from the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, and for state lawmakers to suspend LaRock’s access to the Virginia capitol to allow for “to allow for investigation into his treasonous acts and participation in the incitement of the Trump Insurrection.”

“Del LaRock is not just bad for Loudoun, his toxic, extremist ideology is bad for Virginia and his delusions of white supremacy grandeur is a danger to the nation’s democracy and national security,” the statement reads.

“I have much more important things to deal with as we’re going into the 2021 session than petty political posturing,” LaRock said, calling demands for his resignation “political gamesmanship.”

“It’s ridiculous to ask somebody to resign for exercising their First Amendment rights fairly and openly,” LaRock said.

And he maintained that the things he has posted about doubt in the outcome of the 2020 election could be true.

“People routinely say, ‘where’s the evidence?’ Well, I haven’t seen all the evidence, but I have listened to Senate hearings,” LaRock said. “[…]The fact that over 100 members of Congress voted to not accept the electors from their own home state, I think because of their own suspicions that allegations of widespread fraud have not adequately been investigated, then I think I’m in good company.”

A resolution is expected to go before the Board of Supervisors.

“Loudoun County deserves representation from leaders who work from truth; understand truth; speak the truth and do not support or encourage sedition, by their harmful, misleading and false statements,” wrote Supervisor Juli E. Briskman (D-Algonkian) in a press release calling for LaRock’s resignation. According to that release, she and County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) are preparing a resolution for a vote at the board’s Jan. 19 business meeting condemning LaRock’s “willful spreading of egregious lies and misinformation” and calling for his resignation.”

“His actions inflicted further strain on the bonds that hold our democracy together and threatens centuries of traditionally peaceful transitions,” Briskman added. “By failing to speak truthfully about a certified free and fair election, LaRock acted irresponsibly and criminally and blatantly demonstrated that he is unfit to represent Loudoun County with integrity and should resign from office forthwith.”

22 thoughts on “LaRock Faces Calls for Resignation after Capitol Riot

  • 2021-01-11 at 4:04 pm

    The same crowd who called for the Governor’s resignation… Until they were told to shut up by their own party.

    • 2021-01-11 at 7:22 pm

      So, LaRock pals around with terrorists? Glad we cleared that up.

      He needs to go. Wildly out of step with the values of his constituents and real Americans.

  • 2021-01-11 at 4:16 pm

    Insurrection. Hilarious. So what was was it when cities were burning across the country and business owners and police officers were being killed? – Mostly peaceful protests, riiiiiight. Love you you hijack language to fit your narrative. Either it was all an insurrection or none of it was. Mr. LaRock , you did nothing wrong.

    • 2021-01-12 at 8:41 am

      Once again we have a community that’s delusionally, make excuses for being a racist bigoted Confederate stronghold to our region. We flip the page, we moved on, you going to be left behind with your racist hate, our community is more diversified than ever, more educated than ever, but yet we still have people in our government that wish they were in the 1800s . It’s shameful to know that our community is represented by such hate for it’s community. Our votes will change this soon. Thanks for putting your hate on display, so we know who to remove from office next. Hate will be evicted when we vote…..

  • 2021-01-11 at 4:34 pm

    LaRock is a good and decent man. If only our country was filled with fathers, husbands and community leaders like him.

  • 2021-01-11 at 4:46 pm

    A riot is not an insurrection. If it was, Democrats should have been rounded up by the military for their riot-o-rama over the past year.

    Frankly, I surprised the author of this respected publication uses the term. Further, there are some weird things from the riot that I have not seen a rational explanation for. Why did the capital police move barricades and usher demonstrators forward? That is just completely non-sensible. And some rioters were previously at far Left and far Right rallies. Why would one person be at both, unless they just want to cause trouble. To me, it really smells like the work of intelligence operatives but it is just too confusing trying to figure out who they were working for. Maybe it was multiple organizations?

    Anyway, there does need to be a full investigation. Until then, let’s stop the political opportunism. Yeah, Democrats hate LaRock. Nothing new there. Showing up to the rally was a 1st Amendment exercise. Those that stormed the capitol are in another class, but LaRock didn’t enter the capitol and neither did tens of thousands of other protesters.

    • 2021-01-12 at 10:20 pm

      A riot at a WalMart is not insurrection.

      A riot in the chambers of our nation’s capitol is.

      Believing the election was “stolen” without any evidence — or evidence that every court has laughed out of its courtroom — is enough to further deepen the belief LaRock is nothing but a nut who is all about political opportunism.

      The sooner we are rid of his ilk, the better.

    • 2021-01-13 at 10:58 am

      The US military disagrees with you. A letter signed by all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called it sedition and insurrection. The US Attorney has a file of 170 people being investigated with 70 already charged. Serious charges including sedition and conspiracy are coming.

      Who are you to argue with the rule of law? Isn’t that what you guys say you favor? This is just law and order in action.

      A lot of people are going away for a very long time for being there. Anyone who set foot in the Capitol can expect to see the inside of a prison cell. Anyone who even attended the rally will be shamed and scorned in their community. We don’t take very kindly to people who hate America in this country.

      • 2021-01-13 at 2:26 pm

        I always enjoy when people suddenly find love for the rule of law and their country.

  • 2021-01-11 at 4:57 pm

    Regarding Mr LaRock’s call to resign. Let’s get a grip. There was a tremendous show of support for our president in Washington. What happened at the Capitol was horrible. It was due to a small percentage of bad apples. This is just more diversion. We could be accomplishing great things with our politicians. How about being productive instead of divisive.

    • 2021-01-17 at 3:41 pm

      There were tens of thousands at the gathering to show support for President Trump which has grown from the witnessing of his unfair treatment by the Democrats and the media. The lawless Capitol invaders came equipped with items that are shocking to those who gathered with Trump flags and the flags of our country. No reasonable people convict entire groups for the grievous actions of a few. For Jennifer Wexton to be so unfairly hostile to many of the citizens of this county who attended….well, if we are so horrible, I am surprised she is willing to ‘represent’ us in Congress. She should resign so we can have someone in Congress who listens to both sides of the story.

  • 2021-01-11 at 4:57 pm

    The violence at the Capital was wrong, and should be punished. Unlike responses during last year’s riots by the Democrats trying to purge anyone who disagrees with them, whether involved in the violence at the Capitol or not, there has been near universal condemnation of that violence on the right of the political spectrum. Democrats egged on riots in cities across America, and only because of coverage by the media (who also abetted those rioters), have not been held to the standard they wish to impose on Del. LaRock. We are not going to resolve the great differences in our nation by supporting political violence by people with “approved” political views. By the standard of this attack on Del. LaRock, any Democrat official who participated in a protest where some of the people broke the law must resign.

    A political purge such as many on the left have been implementing all last year undermines everything America stands for. No matter your political persuasion, we must uphold the values of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and that includes speech we don’t like.

    As for the reporting above, There are certainly questionable things stated as fact, but the most egregious is that a police officer was “fatally beaten by the mob.” His, and the other 4 deaths related to the violence (1 by suicide 3 days afterwards), are tragic and anyone involved should receive full justice). But ABC is reporting:

    ‘According to sources familiar with the matter, authorities believe Sicknick’s death was driven by a medical condition. They’re also investigating reports that he was attacked with a fire extinguisher or another item at the Capitol, sources said. So far, reports of an attack haven’t been confirmed and authorities are hoping to locate video or other imagery from the scene.

    ‘Sicknick’s family said in a statement, “Many details regarding Wednesday’s events and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unknown and our family asks the public and the press to respect our wishes in not making Brian’s passing a political issue.” ‘

    I agree with that hurting family. Let’s get the facts. The violence and the deaths were horrible enough without using them as political props or baseball bats.

  • 2021-01-11 at 5:06 pm

    Briskman and Randall should be focused on the upcoming budget and ways to reduce the taxes for the people who elected them, the citizens of Loudoun County, and let the people who represent the citizens of Loudoun County deal with what went on in DC.

  • 2021-01-11 at 8:05 pm

    Dave LaRock is my delegate. He is the best delegate I’ve ever had, and I’ve voted in Loudoun for almost 50 years. I believe democrat demonization of him is consistent with the party of the Left to destroy anyone with conservative views.

  • 2021-01-11 at 9:09 pm

    He encouraged citizens to attend a protest and exercise their protected rights.

    He exercised his own free speech as to his opinion of the election.

    He condemned those that entered the Capitol, cause damage, injuries and death.

    What did he do wrong ?

  • 2021-01-11 at 10:16 pm

    Loudoun deserves better than the likes of Dave LaRock. How he can look at himself in the mirror and not cringe and spit up is beyond me. His support of this sick president is appalling. What is wrong with you people who find nothing wrong with the tragic events of last week and honestly, since the election. Trump lost…he is emasculated and embarrassed and history will not treat him kindly. Facts are facts, and he can’t spin it anymore. The world knows what a fool he is and you who support him. Get over it….YOU LOST!

  • 2021-01-12 at 8:52 am

    Maybe this should be viewed as a wake up call for all citizens to VOTE in local elections which Loudoun has a very bad habit of not doing rather than merely push whatever scenario their party prefers. Ask yourself to do an honest appraisal of how has Loudoun improved as a community over the last 13 months since the 2019 elections? If you have trouble naming “real” improvements you get the point. 🙂

  • 2021-01-12 at 10:30 pm

    LaRock accomplishes nothing in Richmond.

    He’s a mendacious liar who is just smart enough to convince enough voters on off years that he is going to protect them from those that would give them better healthcare, education, or opportunities. He’s either knowingly lying when he says the vote was stolen or he’s an imbecile.

    Both bad things to be for an elected representative.

  • 2021-01-13 at 12:29 pm

    Renss Greene’s hit piece is full of (let’s say inaccuracies, and lies smears). In order:
    1. Start with the claim that millions of us protesting election fraud were an “attempted insurrection.”
    2. “the first time the capitol building has been stormed since 1812?” Renss never heard of Puerto Rican bombing of the capitol, attempted terrorist plane attack, or the pink pussies draping flags all over it and accosting elected officials in elevators, etc.
    3. “riot—which killed five people.” Four were supporters of the President. Three natural causes, one shot by a cop. And, don’t mention that 30-40 Antifa and BLM group that started the violence were shouted down, and in one case pulled down by Trump supporters.
    4. “conspiracy theories on social media including that the Trump-supporting mob had been infiltrated.” There are PICTURES of Antifa and BLM members at the protest. Start watching One America News (OAN) if you want real reporting, facts, and photos.
    5. Finally, too much to cover, but the BS comments from DEMs who were silent because they supported looters, or actually endorsed riots that destroyed millions of dollars in property and killed many people including police officers throughout the country are hypocritical nonsense and should be dismissed as such. Instead, they are presented as respectable opinion. You either respect American values of free speech and freedom of assembly or you don’t. They don’t.

  • 2021-01-13 at 1:53 pm

    LaRock exercised his constitutional right to free assembly. He stood on the National Mall with hundreds of thousands of other people and listened to a speech. And then he went home. And yes, he has brought up the issue of election fraud, for which I’m grateful. Millions of people who voted for Trump believe that states unconstitutionally changed their election rules prior to Election Day (allowing judges, attorneys generals and governors to change the rules instead of state legislatures). I would like answers as to how and why that was allowed to happen. In that regard, I guess I’m a lot like Nancy Pelosi, who tweeted out SIX MONTHS after Trump was inaugurated: “Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy and #FollowTheFacts.” Gosh, was she also “inciting insurrection”?

  • 2021-01-13 at 2:19 pm

    I’m kinda surprised the Loudoun Now has left out the best part of the Larock saga- Dave’s most recent arrest.

    Yup, Dave just got arrested for multiple counts of trespassing and destruction of property. While I’m sure there are many fine MAGA folks who have been arrested for trespassing while destroying their neighbor’s property ….. and it’s probably not that big of a deal for supporters of the current GOP, the party of ‘law and order’ here’s the thing-

    This is Dave Lacock’s second arrest in the last decade for trespassing and destruction of property (Dave pled guilty the first time) MAGA folk are generally very forgiving of criminal activities and curtailing their neighbors 1A rights, but not taking the necessary steps to conceal one’s identity by wearing real tree camo, body armor and face paint when breaking the law…. ?

    Let’s hang Dave (right after we find Mike Pence)

  • 2021-01-13 at 4:50 pm

    This Trump cult to which “Leesburg Mom” and “For Liberty” have sacrificed any good judgment they may have had will look more and more foolish as time goes by.

    Of course, there is no evidence that will convince the cultists they have been conned — they don’t require evidence to believe anything.

    Their beliefs are an act of faith rather than reason.

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