Rep. Mike Bost calls riots “un-American” despite signing brief in support of lawsuit challenging election results

By Kallie Cox, Editor-in-Chief

Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican representing Illinois 12th district, assured his supporters he was safe after pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday while lawmakers were certifying the election results.

“I wanted to let everyone know that I’m safe,” Bost Tweeted. “Americans cherish our right to free speech & peaceful protest. But what’s happening in our nation’s capital is not just unacceptable, it’s un-American. Please pray for peace & the safety of our brave law enforcement & 1st responders.”

Bost was one of 126 Republicans who signed an amicus brief supporting the Texas lawsuit challenging election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.

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This lawsuit made its way to the supreme court where it was thrown out.

(See more from CNN: Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court)

Bost has been a longtime supporter of Donald Trump and in 2018, Trump visited Murphysboro to campaign on his behalf.

The Senate will reconvene Wednesday evening to finish the certification of the election results, according to reporting by Politico.

 Bost’s office did not respond for additional comment at the time of publication.

Editor-in-Chief Kallie Cox can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @KallieECox.

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