The deadly events of Jan. 6 will mostly be marked around the country by solemn ceremonies to remember the day that the pro-Donald Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol.
But at the Cobb County GOP headquarters, a group of far-right activists will hold a two-hour long program Thursday to lionize the insurrectionists who stampeded into the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory.
The 5 p.m. program will begin with a livestream of Trump’s press conference from Florida, and continue with a call to action for Cobb Republicans.
It will conclude with a candlelight vigil for the “J6 Patriots” – the shorthand that extremists have created for the rioters who sought to overthrow the government, including at least 30 who are being held in a D.C. jail without bond awaiting court dates for the most serious crimes that day.
Democrats have their own name for the Jan. 6 program. State Rep. Teri Anulewicz, who represents a slice of Cobb County, said it was an “homage to treason.”
But Salleigh Grubbs, the chair of the Cobb GOP and organizer of the event, sees it differently. She said she wants to acknowledge the Americans who lost their lives during the riot and “to pray for those who have been denied justice.”
“To those who have cast quick judgment concerning this event, under no uncertain terms are we condoning any form of violence nor the glorification of what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021,” she said in an email to your Insiders. “This miscarriage of justice should concern ALL AMERICANS.”
As Cobb has turned into a Democratic stronghold in the Trump era, the local GOP that once embodied the mainstream conservative movement has become a hotbed for conspiracy theorists.
That transformation will be on full display Thursday, as the late U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who came up in the Cobb GOP and built his career on working with political opponents, is laid to rest.
Hours later, the Cobb GOP will start its program to honor the “J6 Patriots.”