Top Jan. 6 rally organizer wanted to stop Barack Obama's certification as president in 2009, report says

Top Jan. 6 rally organizer wanted to stop Barack Obama's certification as president in 2009, report says
Amy Kremer speaks at a pro-Trump rally on January 6, 2021.AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File
  • Amy Kremer was one of the lead organizers of the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the Capitol riot.
  • In 2009, she wrote a blog post asking Congress not to certify Obama as president, The NYT reported.

A top January 6, 2021, rally organizer wrote a blog post in 2009 calling on Congress not to certify Barack Obama as president, The New York Times reported.

Amy Kremer, leader of the Women for America First group, was among the principal planners of the "Save America" rally that preceded the Capitol riot.

During that rally, during which former President Donald Trump called on supporters to stop Biden's certification process, Kremer said: "If nothing else, what Republicans should have learned is how to go on offense and win, and fight back, punch back from Donald Trump."

Before Trump entered politics, Kremer was a member of the right-wing Tea Party movement. Supporters of the movement believed the debunked conspiracy theory that Obama was not a natural-born US citizen and therefore ineligible to hold public office.

In a blog post found by The Times, which was published shortly before Obama's inauguration in 2009, Kremer made reference to several legal complaints filed in state and federal courts at the time that claimed Obama should be barred from seeking the presidency because he was not born in America. All of those lawsuits were dismissed.


"Several months ago, I had hope that this would all come to light and someone would have the balls to object to certifying the vote," Kremer wrote in the post, titled "Congress Certifies the Electoral College Vote."

"I believe it has come to light ... all the members of Congress are aware of the lawsuits surrounding his eligibility," she said.

Mother Jones reported last year that Kremer had also published a post in 2008 calling on Obama to produce the "vault copy of his birth certificate and put the issue to rest."

Women for America First did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

The group, which first started on Facebook, was one of the major organizations that pushed baseless election-fraud conspiracies after Trump lost the 2020 election.


There is no indication that Kremer joined the Capitol riot after the "Save America" rally, and her group later denounced the violence.

Kremer's daughter, Kylie Jane Kremer, signed off on the documents for the event, CNBC reported.

Both women were subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, NPR reported, and Kremer said last year that she would "gladly" testify before any commission. It is not clear if either women has met with the panel or submitted documents.

Kremer has since appeared to cool on Trump, however, telling Politico last month that she felt Trump was "disconnected from the base."

"I think he's getting bad advice from the people around him, and I think it's unfortunate, but it's time for those of us in the movement to get back to basics, back to our first principles," Kremer said.