New GOP Rep. Mayra Flores once said Trump 'should've locked Hillary Clinton in jail' and claimed the Capitol riot 'was caused by infiltrators'
Republican Representative Mayra Flores of Texas is sworn in by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on June 21, 2022. AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe
Newly elected GOP Rep. Mayra Flores once urged Trump to jail Hillary Clinton.
She also said the Jan. 6 attack "certainly was caused by intruders," suggesting Antifa was behind it.
Flores has also shared posts that appear to promote the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Republican Rep. Mayra Flores of Texas, who was sworn in as a member of Congress Tuesday, once called for the incarceration of Hillary Clinton and made unsubstantiated claims about both the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 riots in the US Capitol.
In a series of tweets first published by CNN's KFILE on Thursday, Flores used her personal Twitter account @LARepublicana86 to spread conspiracy theories and defend former President Donald Trump on the day of the Capitol attack.
"If we allow Democrats to steal THIS election, they will steal EVERY election that goes ahead!" She tweeted before the riot, CNN reported.
In another tweet, Flores rebuked New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for calling for Trump's impeachment after the attack.
"The President fought to the bitter end and wanted peaceful protests," she wrote. "He has now publicly condoned these acts of violence, which were certainly caused by intruders."
Flores responds to a tweet from AOC and suggests that Jan. 6 was "caused by infiltrators." Screenshot / Internet Archive Wayback Machine
Flores did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment Thursday.
"The problem is I don't see [sic] being arrested!" Flores wrote to another Twitter user under a now-deleted tweet from Trump. "President Trump should have put Hillary Clinton in jail!"
Many of Flores' tweets echoed common conspiracy theories circulated by far-right influencers and right-wing media following the 2020 presidential election and Capitol riots. False claims that anti-fascists were behind or heavily involved in the Jan. 6 attack quickly spread in conservative circles, with figures such as Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz and Fox News host Laura Ingraham backing the debunked allegations .
Flores calls for the jailing of Hillary Clinton in response to a tweet by Trump.Screenshot / Internet Archive Wayback Machine
In another tweet on Jan. 6, 2021, Flores shared the refuted claim that Jacob Chansley, known as the QAnon shaman, attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Arizona, according to CNN. Last November, Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his involvement in the riots.
Flores, who previously served as the Hispanic Outreach Chair for the Hidalgo County GOP, tweeted on Jan. 4, 2021 that "Congress Republicans" MUST stand by Trump on Jan. 6 as members of Congress met to review the findings of the confirm choice.
The day after the riot, she retweeted a post that claimed DC police allowed crowds to enter the Capitol, CNN reported.
"It was a show! Antifa is definitely part of that crowd!!!” tweeted conservative activist David J. Harris.
In November 2020, Flores tweeted support for Sidney Powell, Trump's former attorney who filed lawsuits spreading unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, calling her an "American hero," CNN reported. Powell has since continued to make baseless allegations of voter fraud, speaking at a QAnon conference last May where he told a crowd that Trump "can be easily reinstated" as president.
Flores also previously deleted posts on her social media accounts in which she used hashtags to refer to QAnon, the far-right conspiracy movement centered around the unfounded belief that Trump is acting against a “deep state” cabal of human traffickers and Satan-worshiping pedophile elites who secretly rule the world, media watchdog Media Matters for America previously reported.
These social media posts contained hashtags related to QAnon, including #q, #qanon, and #wwg1wga, short for the movement's slogan "Where we go, we all go." In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Flores said she never supported the conspiracy theory.
In the same interview, Flores broadly claimed that there was voter fraud in Texas.
Flores immigrated to the United States from Tamaulipas, Mexico, at the age of six, becoming the first member of Congress to be born in Mexico. She won a special election last week to serve out the remainder of Rep. Filemon Vela's term, which ends in January. Vela resigned from Congress earlier this year to join a Washington law and lobbying firm.
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