Former Arizona lawmaker Anthony Kern, who was seen on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 when a rally to overturn the presidential election became a bloody siege that left five people dead, was identified on Friday as one of the volunteers who are counting ballots at the controversial Arizona audit.
The picture, shared widely on social media as the Capitol insurrection unfolded, shows the former Republican state representative dressed in a suit, gray scarf and red tie. He is looking across the crowd directly toward the camera.
The Capitol siege to overturn the presidential election became a bloody siege that left five people dead, including a Trump supporter and a Capitol Police officer.
Kern posted a photo of the bloody siege to overturn the presidential election that left five people dead, including a Trump supporter and a Capitol Police officer.
— Anthony Kern (@anthonykernAZ) January 6, 2021
Democrats in Arizona have asked federal officials to investigate Kern and other Republicans who took part in efforts to overturn the election.
“Democratic members of the Arizona House and Senate are asking for an investigation into four lawmakers who may have been involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The letter asks for a joint DOJ-FBI investigation into Congressmen Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, as well as state Rep. Mark Finchem and former Rep. Anthony Kern, for their involvement in the riot,” 12 News reported one week after the attack on the Capitol. “The social media posts of Finchem and Kern strongly suggest that they were at the riot and actively encouraged the mob, the letter said. One of the organizers of the riot, Ali Alexander, reportedly claimed that he planned and organized the insurrection with Gosar and Biggs.”
On Friday, 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik spotted Kern counting ballots at the audit and shared a photo on Twitter. He
So I need to clarify: My read of agreement was not to show ballots. The language is more nuanced. Can't show ballot with discernible information. (And a reminder: Voters' names are not on ballots.)
— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) April 30, 2021