The woman organizing a vigil on the National Mall to remember “the attack on democracy that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021,” is the same Antifa-affiliated woman who planned disruptions for the inaugurations of both President George W. Bush and President Donald Trump. She also co-founded and organized the group that terrorized Sen. Josh Hawley’s wife and newborn baby last year over the Republican’s objections to the 2020 election results.
Liz Butler is a “partner” with Movement Catalyst, the organization hosting the official Jan. 6 vigil in Washington, D.C., just one year after the infamous Capitol riot. The event is part of an entire day of Democrat programming hoping to smear Republicans as the destroyers of democracy.
According to her biography, which is listed first on the Movement Catalyst website, Butler has a lengthy history of organizing radical protests to spark change and affirm “social justice, economic justice, climate justice, fossil fuel resistance, and environmental justice.”
During her time as national organizer of the Coastal Rainforest Coalition, the veteran demonstrator helped facilitate the environmental protests against Bush on his Inauguration Day in 2001. As reported by American Greatness, Butler also helped instigate the International Monetary Fund and World Bank protests one year later through her role with Mobilization for Global Justice. The protests quickly turned violent as rioters began throwing rocks and smoke bombs at police officers and blocking traffic. Law enforcement officials arrested more than 600 people in connection to the destruction and chaos.
Butler later used her activist background to get ShutDownDC off the ground, the group that regularly confronts GOP legislators, and she readily protested and ginned up opposition to Trump’s inauguration in 2017. On Jan. 20, 2017, more than 200 people were arrested after rioting in the streets of Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities. Rioters vandalized vehicles, smashed windows, set a limo on fire, and injured police officers who tried to subdue the violence and chaos.
During the 2020 election, ShutDownDC, an “anti-fascist” group led by Butler and another notable anti-GOP activist Patrick Young, partnered with protest consultant Lisa Fithian to discuss “Escalating Resistance in Times of Crisis: Mass Rebellion.” The group also promoted resources on how radical leftists should badger legislators and other government officials if Trump won the election.
“We’ll meet them at the train station or the airports or if they drive into town we can meet them at their homes,” the ShutDownDC website states, noting that the group would do whatever it takes to “defend democracy and make sure Trump leaves the White House.”
ShutDownDC followed through on its threat to confront legislators in January 2021 by sending protesters to scream, shout, and launch “an assault on our home,” as Hawley’s wife stated. At the time, Erin Hawley was in the Virginia home alone with her newborn baby.
“Here you have a group led by an individual whose entire career has been devoted to disrupting the peaceful transition from one president to the next since 2001. And this is who they trot out to conduct a candlelight vigil for Democracy? The hypocrisy on display with this media circus surrounding January 6th is really overwhelming,” Kyle Shideler, Director and Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy, told The Federalist.
Hawley wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday demanding that the Democrat condemn the organizers of the vigil.
“During a week where you have vociferously condemned those who tried to obstruct congressional proceedings last January 6th, you must also be similarly willing to call out leftist activists who have also engaged in criminal acts to interfere with democracy,” Hawley wrote, noting that ShutDown DC “engaged in calculated, unlawful harassment campaigns against many government officials” and his wife.