The Week (US)
All Republican members of the Oregon House of Representatives called on a colleague, Rep. Mike Nearman, to resign this week over his efforts to help rioters breach the Oregon Capitol. Weeks before the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, Nearman, a fierce opponent of coronavirus safety restrictions, told right-wing supporters that the statehouse was closed to the public but mentioned “Operation Hall Pass” (“which I don’t know anything about”) and gave a phone number (“just random numbers that I spewed out”), saying a door might open to the Capitol if people texted that number. Nearman, 57, now faces charges for holding a door open on Dec. 21 to allow dozens of unmasked rioters, some carrying rifles, to breach the statehouse. They attacked state troopers with pepper spray, smashed windows, and assaulted journalists. Nearman says he’s a victim of “mob justice” and believes the statehouse is constitutionally required to remain open.