Anthony Kern spent part of his last week as a state representative in Washington, D.C., participating in a demonstration that turned into a riot.
The former District 20 representative and Glendale resident tweeted before, during and after the Capitol demonstration that turned into a riot.
Kern did not respond to a request for an interview.
On his Twitter account, which shows Kern enthusiastic about the Jan. 6 demonstration for weeks, he frequently calls the presidential election a “fraud.”
“My name is Arizona Rep. Anthony Kern and I refuse to allow America to become a banana republic,” he tweeted on Dec. 16.
In a pinned video, Kern said, “I will put politics aside if I never win another election. … Trump, every time I heard him on TV, it was like he was my friend. Why? Because here’s the president of the United States who was sticking up for little old me.”
On Dec. 27, in a now-deleted tweet, President Donald Trump invited people to join a “wild” protest planned for Jan. 6.
“I will be there to support you sir!” Kern commented when retweeting Trump’s invitation.
“I will be there in DC on #JAN6 to support your second term as President of these United States,” Kern tweeted Dec. 30.
On Jan. 3, Kern tweeted a call for others to join him:
“Stop the Steal called for a Jan. 6 protest. Now, President Donald J. Trump is leading it. RSVP now.”
Kern was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2015 but lost a reelection bid Nov. 3.
Kern’s term ended Jan. 10.
He was still a state representative on Jan. 6, when he tweeted from the Capitol.
“D-Day in DC to support Arizona’s and America’s duly elected President Donald Trump! #StoptheSteal,” Kern tweeted on the morning of Jan. 6.
Hours later, he tweeted a photo of the crowd surging outside the entrance of the Capitol, adding, “In DC supporting @realDonaldTrump @CNN @FoxNews @MSNBC are spewing lies again. #truth.”
The Glendale Star emailed Kern, asking him if he was inside the Capitol building. He did not respond.
However, on Jan. 7 he retweeted U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs’ tweet “I condemn the violence we experienced at the U.S. Capitol.”
“Agree!” Kern added.