May 19, 2022 News & Press Releases

ICYMI: DPVA Releases Video on VA-07 Republicans Denying Jan. 6 Insurrection

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA – In case you missed it, the Virginia Democratic Party released a video on VA-07 Republican candidates at a recent GOP forum, where the candidates were asked a simple question by the moderator: “Was January 6, 2021, in Washington an insurrection, or was it a protest for a redress of grievances?” 

To which Republicans in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District (VA-07) blatantly denied the fatal events of January 6th, 2021 at the U.S Capitol Building. 

What Virginia Reporters are saying:

Virginia Scope: Was it an insurrection or not?

By, Brandon Jarvis

Was it an insurrection or not?

The Democratic Party of Virginia released the footage Thursday morning from a VA-07 Republican candidate forum that took place in April where the candidates were asked to talk about January 6, 2021 - the day that Donald Trump supporters overthrew Capitol Police and stormed the Capitol building.

The moderator asked the candidates if Jan. 6 was an insurrection or a “protest for redress of grievances?” This question rings especially important in VA-07 where the incumbent, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D), was present inside the House chamber when Trump’s supporters reached the doors.

Here is how the candidates each answered:

State Sen. Bryce Reeves: “So my personal belief was it wasn’t an insurrection.”

Yesli Vega: “It was actually a group of Americans exercising their 1st amendment rights and as a result of doing that they’ve been persecuted, shamed, forced out of their jobs, forced to retire, and listen, the double standard is sickening.”

Derrick Anderson: “No, it was not an insurrection.” 

Gina Ciarcia: “I resent it being called an insurrection because it was not, and I also think Ted Cruz saying that it was a ‘violent act of terrorism was also completely inaccurate, and he should never have said that at all.”

David Ross: “So, January 6th was not an insurrection, I think January 6th was an attempt for redress of grievances. And again, the left doesn’t play fair, do they? I mean you’ve seen leaks from the January 6th committee from the Dems that are victimizing and making a target out of a Supreme Court Justice’s wife …” 

The nominee in VA-07 will be chosen by a primary election on June 21.