Republicans in Washington, D.C., overwhelmingly refused to hold Donald Trump accountable for inciting the fatal January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But a GOP club in South Carolina has taken action after one of its members was arrested for participating in the riots.
"A Citadel cadet from Rock Hill charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 has been kicked out of the Republican club at the school, according to club officials. Elias Irizarry, 19, a freshman honor student at The Citadel in Charleston, was one of two York County men charged Tuesday by the FBI with illegal entry into the building as part of the mob that stormed the Capitol. Elliot Bishai, 20, from Fort Mill, also was arrested," The Herald reported Thursday.
Cadet John Mace McGrath, president of The Citadel Republican Society, spoke to the newspaper.
"We became aware of a Citadel Cadet who was arrested by federal authorities and charged for his involvement in the insurrection and rioting on the 6th of January this year," McGrath said in a statement. "We can confirm that Elias Irizarry is a member of The Citadel Republican Society."
"Effective immediately, cadet leadership has removed Cadet Irizarry as a member of The Citadel Republican Society until further notice. The Citadel Republican Society believes that everyone has the right to a fair trial and their day in court. Once this matter has been resolved, The Citadel Republican Society will take the appropriate action in accordance with our bylaws," he continued. "The events that transpired on January 6th were an attack on our democracy and we must, as Americans, stand for the rule of law regardless of our political affiliation or beliefs."
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