DES MOINES — Just a week after a violent mob incited by Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, interrupting the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election and killing multiple Americans — including a Capitol Police officer, Mariannette Miller-Meeks is defending the mob. As the Quad-City Times reported this afternoon, Miller-Meeks claimed that “you need to look at constitutional provisions for free speech, for due process,” when it comes to addressing the violence.

This comes just days after Miller-Meeks said she believes that fraud clearly took place in the election and that Trump and Congressional Republicans bear no responsibility for the actions of the crowd.

“First she said there was ‘plenty of blame to go around,’ now Mariannettte Miller-Meeks is defending the violent insurrectionist mob that killed five Americans — including a Capitol Police officer. In choosing domestic terrorists over our democracy, Miller-Meeks has shown that she has neither the leadership ability nor character for the office she was provisionally seated to hold,” said IDP Spokesperson Mandy McClure.