New PAC, Republican Accountability Project, Releases Ad on 'Fight For the Soul' of the GOP

A video posted to social media by the new political action committee Republican Accountability Project (RAP) on Wednesday called out members of the GOP that have maintained support for former President Donald Trump and espoused conspiracy theories.

In January, Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building in an effort to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College. Many Democratic lawmakers placed the blame on Trump's baseless claims that he lost the election because of widespread voter fraud.

After continuing to support Trump's claims, some Republican members of Congress were considered complicit in the creation of the riot by Democrats. Wednesday's ad from the RAP implies that the actions and statements of some GOP members have placed the "soul" of the Republican party is in danger.

"New Ad: The fight for the soul of the Republican Party is right now," read a Wednesday tweet from the RAP. "Whose side are you on?"

New Ad: The fight for the soul of the Republican Party is right now.

Whose side are you on?

— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) February 4, 2021

"Matt Gaetz and other Trump ultra-loyalists are fighting for a Republican party that promotes lies, violence and promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories," a voiceover says on the video. "And now they want to exile Republicans like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for standing up to a president that caused an insurrection on the United States Capitol. To save the soul of the Republican Party, we must stand up for those who act with integrity and against the ones that lie."

Newsweek reached out to Gaetz's office for comment.

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A Wednesday advertisement from the Republican Accountability Project named Florida GOP Representative Matt Gaetz and some other Republicans as "ultra-loyalists" to former President Donald Trump. Michael Ciaglo/Getty

Cheney and Kinzinger both voted in favor of impeaching Trump for his alleged connection to inciting the Capitol riot.

In the video, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy can be seen echoing Trump's claims that the election was stolen. Texas Representative Louie Gohmert can be heard telling people "you got to go to the streets and be violent. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's speculation that the 2018 California wildfires were caused by a "Jewish space laser" was also highlighted.

On its website, the RAP says that the Republicans who actively supported Trump's position "invented and disseminated lies, misinformation, and conspiracy theories to rile up their base and advance their own careers at the expense of the country and the Constitution."

In January, the RAP began a billboard campaign calling for Jordan, McCarthy, Gohmert, Greene and 8 other Republican lawmakers to step down.

"You lied about the election," the billboards said. "The Capitol was attacked." The billboards were placed in the representatives' home districts.

Greene reacted to the RAP's campaign on Twitter in January, calling Republican RAP Chairman Bill Kristol an "America Last globalist."

"Perpetual warmongering, pro-abortion Democrats like Bill Kristol are not welcome in the GOP," Greene wrote. "Their neocon reign of death in the womb & across the world in pointless wars is unmatched. These America Last globalists are clinging to relevance because the People have rejected them."

In January, the RAP announced it would attempt to raise $50 million in order to aid the campaigns of Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump for inciting the riot at the Capitol building. Trump was impeached in the House for a second time in January. A Senate trial is expected to begin next week.