CNN’s KFile reviewed deleted tweets on Flores’ campaign Twitter account, which previously had a different handle than his personal account before running for office.
Flores won the special election for Texas’ 34th congressional district last week, giving Republicans an additional seat in the House of Representatives. She beat a field of four other candidates – two Republicans and two Democrats – in the race to succeed former Democratic Representative Filemon Vela. Vela left his South Texas headquarters in March to join a law and lobbying firm in Washington. Flores will serve the remainder of Vela’s term and is running for a full term in November.
Prior to running for office, Flores was a local Republican activist who tweeted under the handle “LaRepublicana86”, where she spread false allegations about voter fraud and immediately began suggesting on January 6, 2021 that the Capitol Riot had been caused by Antifa and “infiltrators”. ”
In a deleted tweet
beginning on January 7, 2021, Flores retweeted a claim that DC police let the mob into the Capitol and Antifa was among the mob. “DC Police let them through the gates! It was a set up! Antifa is definitely part of that mob!!!,” read conservative activist David J. Harris’ tweet that Flores shared.
In a tweet from January 6, Flores said
the Capitol riot “was surely caused by infiltrators”. In another tweet that day, Flores posted pictures
suggesting that Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley — more commonly known as QAnon Shaman — also attended an Arizona Black Lives Matter rally. After the Capitol riot, pro-Trump social media users tried to falsely claim that Chansley was a member of Blacks Live Matter and Antifa. The claim has been repeatedly denied.
In to less four
, Flores shared a QAnon conspiracy theory hashtag in April and May 2020. Media Matters previously reported that Flores used several different QAnon slogans on Facebook and Instagram, including in at least one pro-Trump ad that ran on Facebook. Flores previously told the San Antonio Express-News that she doesn’t believe in QAnon, saying, “I’ve always been against it all. I’ve never been in favor of it.”
Flores did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Followers of the false QAnon conspiracy theory believe there is a “deep state” within the US government that is controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles. According to the theory, the cabal is largely run by Democratic politicians and liberal celebrities who work in child trafficking, and Trump was trying to root them out with the help of QAnon’s “patriots.” They believe their work will bear fruit on a day known as the “storm”, when thousands of people will be arrested and face military tribunals and mass executions for their alleged crimes. The date has since passed, and since Trump’s defeat, the movement has responded to unfulfilled prophecies in different ways, with some supporters adjusting their views and others becoming disillusioned.
Flores has been closely following false claims of voter fraud, according to a review of her since-deleted tweets through January 2021. She said Trump attorney Sidney Powell — who has provided no solid evidence for her massive voter fraud in 2020 elections and is currently embroiled in legal action over past comments – was an “American hero”.
that “this election is not over” at the end of November 2020 and claimed on December 1, 2020
that the “liberal media” did not cover the voter fraud allegations in Arizona.
Ahead of the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, DC, and the ensuing riot on Capitol Hill, Flores urged Republican members of Congress to oppose the election results.
“Congressional Republicans MUST stand with @realDonaldTrump on Wednesday,” she said. wrote
in a tweet on January 4, 2021. On January 6, Flores shared a photo of the crowd at the “Stop the Steal” rally, writing
, “If we allow the Democrats to steal THIS election, they will steal EVERY election in the future!” 6, Flores tweeted
she was “praying for @Mike_Pence”, before the riot.
Trump had urged then-Vice President Mike Pence not to accept election results from states that falsely claimed there had been massive fraud.
In another comment from January 6, Flores wrote
“President Trump should have put Hillary Clinton in jail!”
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