Two members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors are calling for the resignation of state Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd), claiming that he is continuing to spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election.
LaRock attended at least two Stop the Steal rallies — on Nov. 15 in Loudoun County and Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. — supporting claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 presidential election when former Vice President Joe Biden (D) defeated President Donald Trump (R).
Algonkian Supervisor Juli Briskman (D) and Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) are drafting a resolution for the board to vote on Jan. 19.
“Loudoun County deserves representation from leaders who work from truth; understand truth; speak the truth and do not support or encourage sedition, by their harmful, misleading and false statements,” Briskman said in a prepared statement.
LaRock, who represents a portion of Loudoun County, along with parts of Clarke and Frederick counties, issued a statement on Jan. 6 saying that questions raised about the presidential election have not been answered to his and other citizens’ satisfaction.
“Unfortunately, there was a small element who likely infiltrated this patriotic group for the purpose of inciting violence,” he said about the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. “It is highly likely that reports of people who had the audacity to forcefully enter the Capitol building were paid provocateurs sent in to taint an otherwise orderly protest."
LaRock said he condemns “in the strongest possible terms those who forced entry into the Capitol, destroyed property, disrupted the meeting of Congress, and caused injuries and a death.”
“The actions taken by rioters during this summer’s riots across the country were wrong, and so were the actions taken by those who stormed the U.S. Capitol today,” LaRock said.
“What is missed in all of this is the ire and frustration of average Americans, who are not criminals, they’re not rioters, they’re not murderers or thieves,” he said. “They are very upset and utterly frustrated with what may prove to be the stealing of the presidency.”
Loudoun NAACP denounces LaRock
Last week, the NAACP Loudoun Branch also called for LaRock’s resignation.
Michelle Thomas, president of the NAACP Loudoun Branch, said LaRock’s social media timeline is filled with conspiracies theories, far right-wing rhetoric and misinformation. She called on the rest of the Loudoun County delegation in Richmond to condemn LaRock.
“Del LaRock is not just bad for Loudoun, his toxic, extremist ideology is bad for Virginia and his delusions of white supremacy grandeur is a danger to the nation’s democracy," Thomas said. “Del. Dave LaRock must be removed from Virginia state office immediately."
Thomas also called on leadership in the General Assembly to suspend LaRock’s rights and privileges immediately to allow for an investigation into his acts and alleged incitement of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In the wake of the attack, the FBI issued a warning of plans for additional armed protests in all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration.
Meanwhile, Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj (D) joined more than 60 prosecutors across the country on Monday to call on Trump and elected officials to denounce the attacks and those who participated in them and to stop perpetuating mistruths about the results of the 2020 election.
Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who represented Virginia's 10th Congressional District, has also been speaking out after the siege at the U.S. Capitol. She served two terms in Congress until losing re-election in 2018.
Comstock joined 21 other former Republican members of Congress in signing a letter calling for Trump's impeachment.