Virginia deputy attorney general resigns following praise from Jan. 6 rioters – Mother Jones
A Virginia assistant attorney general who oversaw election matters in the state resigned after a Washington Post investigation revealed that she used her Facebook account to spread various election conspiracy theories and praise the January 6 rioters.
Monique Miles was one of the best helpers who Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares hired when he took office in January. In more than a dozen comments on the social media platform, she reportedly spread a number of blatant (and sometimes contradictory) lies that have seeped into Republican circles since Joe Biden won the 2020 election: this massive voter fraud swung the election to the Democrats (This is not the case); that January 6 was a peaceful protest (it was not); and, ultimately, that antifa and Black Lives Matter were the real forces responsible for the violence on Capitol Hill (they were not.)
“Newsflash: Patriots stormed the Capitol,” Miles wrote, hours after rioters attacked the building. “No surprise. The Deep State has awakened the sleeping giant. Patriots aren’t taking this down. We are awake, ready, and will fight for our rights by any means necessary.”
Many of Miles’ Facebook friends seemed unhappy with his incendiary social media presence. “I failed you,” one of his high school government teachers replied in a comment to his post.
In a response to Washington To post, Miles claimed his views had evolved and attacked the outlet for performing a “character assassination” on a conservative black woman. “The posts were released at a time when news was still developing regarding: facts around the election, court cases, the rally on the Ellipse, and what happened at the Capitol,” Miles reportedly wrote in an e-mail to To post. “It was before all the audits. These messages have been taken out of context.
She added that she considered Joe Biden as her president “because he was certified as such”.
Prior to Miles’ resignation following the Posts investigation, she worked as an assistant attorney general for government operations and transactions. In this role, she held a variety of responsibilities, including “representing the state in election-related litigation” and advising both the Virginia Department of Elections and the Virginia Board of Elections.
the Posts The survey was another reminder that conspiracy theories have taken root not only among large swathes of the Republican base, but also among senior GOP officials in positions of power. In fact, it’s hard to discern how, exactly, some of Miles’ messages differ from a resolution that the Republican National Committee overwhelmingly approved a week ago, which argued that the Jan. 6 committee was investigating individuals involved in “legitimate political discourse”. (The claim has drawn fire from Republican elites as well as Democrats, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell harshly criticizing it.)
Indeed, what might be most surprising about Miles’ resignation is not that she held these extreme views, but that she suffered the consequences.