The call did not advocate violence or suggest that protesters should invade the chambers where federal lawmakers had assembled to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Thousands of Trump’s supporters subsequently stormed the Capitol to try to stop the certification.
On Twitter, RAGA posted about the insurrection, writing during the protests Wednesday that “Americans have the Constitutional right to peacefully gather and protest. However, violence and lawlessness should not be tolerated and must be immediately condemned.”
Ken Paxton, attorney general of Texas and a member of RAGA, spoke at Wednesday’s rally, pledging that “we will not quit fighting” in reference to Trump’s attempts to subvert the election result.
In response to calls from media outlets seeking information on the group’s affiliation with the event, Piper told the Alabama Political Reporter that “No Republican AG authorized the staff’s decision to amplify a colleague speaking at the rally” and called the violence “a dark day in American history.”
On Monday, RAGA Chairman Chris Carr, attorney general of Georgia, said Piper had a “servant’s heart” and commended his “tenacity, work ethic and vision.”
Piper didn’t immediately respond to the AP’s questions about his potential involvement in the robocall and feelings about the aftermath of Wednesday’s events, pointing instead to his statement.
In a statement to the AP, Sean Rankin, executive director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, said “the issue here was more than the robocall” and called for “a move to accountability for actions outside the bounds and for greater civility among state Attorneys General.”
Piper, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, was southeastern political director for former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign and, in 2007 and 2008, served as South Carolina campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s White House effort.
He spent five years working for South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, was Wilson’s campaign manager and served two terms as third vice chairman of the state Republican Party.
Over the weekend, Wilson, a former RAGA chairman, tweeted that he was “completely unaware” of and disagreed with the group’s involvement in the event.