Anyone who takes an oath to uphold the Constitution has an obligation to protect democracy. Words have consequences. Democracy is fragile ... Anyone who is simultaneously serving as a federal official while engaging in rhetorical arson like this has no business holding their position. — Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight
Anyone who takes an oath to uphold the Constitution has an obligation to protect democracy. Words have consequences. Democracy is fragile ... Anyone who is simultaneously serving as a federal official while engaging in rhetorical arson like this has no business holding their position. — Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight
The Insurrectionists in the Boardroom
  • More than 40 current or pending appointees to 14 prestigious federal commissions and boards have endorsed Trump's election-fraud lies or supported politicians who have, an Insider investigation has found.
  • Some appointees appear to have endorsed political violence. One pending member of the president's sports council said, "We want blood on our hands."
  • The panels include the Holocaust Memorial Council, the Kennedy Center board, and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.
In some cases, the appointees are members of Congress who voted against certifying the election results, repeated baseless election-fraud claims, and endorsed a "garbage" legal effort by Texas to nullify millions of votes from other states. They still sit on panels meant to promote public service, advance human rights overseas, and support global anti-corruption efforts.

The continued presence of so many anti-democratic partisans on commissions and boards intended to promote American interests has alarmed some scholars and pro-democracy activists. Experts consulted by Insider said some of the promoters of false election theories — including several whose comments could be interpreted as endorsing violence — may be violating their oaths.

"Anyone who takes an oath to uphold the Constitution has an obligation to protect democracy," said Austin Evers, an Obama administration appointee who now leads American Oversight, a nonpartisan government-integrity watchdog. "Words have consequences. Democracy is fragile ... Anyone who is simultaneously serving as a federal official while engaging in rhetorical arson like this has no business holding their position."

The 41 appointees Insider identified are a very small subset of the thousands of appointees who serve in government. And while they are all affiliated with the GOP, they represent a fraction of Republican appointees. The overwhelming majority of federal appointees we reviewed, Democratic and Republican, did not publicly promote voter-fraud claims or call for political violence, condone the events of January 6, or give substantial support to politicians who did.

Trump appointed most of the 41 — many after the 2020 election. A handful were appointed by congressional leaders, and a handful serve by virtue of their current office, typically senior congressional leadership.


Several powerful or well-known Trumpworld appointees did not make our list because they did not publicly embrace unfounded election-fraud claims, allude to political violence, or downplay or condone the violence of January 6. Former first lady Melania Trump, an honorary chair of the Kennedy Center board, largely refrained from such public acts, as did Lee Greenwood, the singer and ardently pro-Trump Kennedy Center trustee whose song "God Bless the USA" is one of Trump's favorite walk-on tunes for his rallies.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/federal-appointees-supported-trumps-election-lies-2021-8