Why have we been roiled with school controversies nonstop in Florida? Maybe because there’s a mess of Florida-related January 6 activism to cover up & distract from. Here’s a thread regrouping Southwest & Central Florida January 6 activism. /1
.@propublica reports GOP fundraiser #CarolineWren met GOP operative #DustinStockton, a frequent #Sarasota visitor, at Willard Hotel in Washington DC on Jan 5. Jan. 6 committee currently seeks info on Willard meeting, where #SteveBannon was present. /2
#SteveBannon himself has extensive connections to the #Sarasota area. /3
#CarolineWren raised money for Jan 6 Big Lie Stop the Steal events, including large sum from Publix heiress & #Lakeland, #PolkCounty resident Julie Jenkins Fancelli. /4
#CarolineWren raised money for Republican Attorneys General Association, Tea Party Express & #LongboatKey resident Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA in support of the Jan. 6 Big Lie rally. /5
#DustinStockton organized a viral Stop the Steal Facebook group to discredit the election immediately after Biden won /6
#DustinStockton barnstormed the country for the Big Lie Stop the Steal cause to mobilize people to travel to DC on January 6 /7
#DustinStockton’s March for Trump culminated with January 6 Big Lie Stop the Steal events /8
Florida AG #AshleyMoody was on board of directors of Rule of Law Defense Association, nonprofit arm of Republican Attorneys General Association. They urged protesters to participate in Big Lie march on US Capitol /9
Florida AG Ashley Moody, from politically connected family in #PlantCity, #HillsboroughCounty, joined earlier Texas lawsuit to discredit Biden’s victory in the presidential election /10
Florida GOP Chair & State Senator #JoeGruters of #Sarasota advertised bus trips to Big Lie Stop the Steal January 6 rally on Facebook /11
Florida GOP Vice Chair & Sarasota County Commissioner #ChristianZiegler attended the Big Lie Stop the Steal rally in Washington DC on January 6. Ziegler is a #DustinStockon associate & has openly admired #SteveBannon. /12
#LongboatKey resident & Council for National Policy member #CharlieKirk, head of anti-higher education group Turning Points USA, urged Mike Pence to overturn the election as VP. /13
#LongboatKey resident & CNP member #CharlieKirk sent Turning Point USA buses to January 6 Big Lie Stop the Steal rally, where his people got arrested /14
#Sarasota resident #CarolineWetherington, leader of Women for Trump Florida (previously Women for Trump Sarasota-Manatee), a CNP member, supported Trump invoking the insurrection act /15
Women for Trump Florida sent buses to January 6 Big Lie Stop the Steal protests /16
Southwest Florida activists in the #Naples, FL area, including #AlfieOakes, organized & sent buses to January 6 Big Lie Stop the Steal protests /17
A #Sarasota Oath Keeper, among other area locals, was arrested in connection with January 6 US Capitol attack. He has been released for now & his wife has raised money on #SteveBannon’s podcast /18

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