Women for America First is a 501(c)4 organization founded by conservative Tea Party activists Amy and Kylie Kremer (mother and daughter) in 2019 as part of an effort to prevent the first impeachment of former President Trump. According to OpenSecrets, Women for America First submitted the permit for the March to Save America rally to the National Park Service and is part of a web of dark money groups tied to the rallies and protests in D.C. on Jan. 5 and 6, 2021. In 2019, Women for America First received a $25,000 donation from America First Policies, a dark money group affiliated with the former president.
According to the Women for America First website, “There are millions of women who support the America First Agenda and we’re not standing in the shadows anymore! We won’t be pushed around by bullies who tell us who we are ‘supposed’ to like. And we’re not going to keep quiet just because the Washington, D.C. power elites and mainstream media want us to!”
The group sees its mission as threefold: first, “Support the America First Agenda … One of the reasons we started Women for America First was because liberal feminists and their cohorts have spent BILLIONS of dollars to defeat conservative principles and values;” second, “Elect New Leaders & Drain the Swamp…;” and third, “Exercise the Power of the Women’s Vote… even when the haters come after us and try to shut us up just because we are women.”
January 6, 2021
- Women for America First was listed as one of 11 major supporters participating in the Stop the Steal and March to Save America rallies on the latter’s website, which has since been taken down.
- In the weeks and days leading up to the insurrection, Women for America First shared several posts on their social media accounts promoting the March to Save America. On Jan. 1, for example, the group shared a post on Facebook with an American flag emoji and the words: “WE ARE ON OUR WAY MR. PRESIDENT.” The post included a Tweet from Trump in which he retweeted Kylie Kremer’s December 19, 2020 promo of what was then called the March for Trump.
- Following the violence at the Capitol, The New York Times reported that Women for America First issued the following statement: “We are saddened and disappointed at the violence that erupted on Capitol Hill, instigated by a handful of bad actors, that transpired after the rally.”
- According to Accountable, Women for America First has ties to Cindy Chafian, founder of the Eighty Percent Coalition, which she formed shortly before the insurrection.
The Big Lie
- According to DCist, Women for America First promoted protests by several White Nationalist groups to help reinforce the baseless claim that Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election from Trump.
- According to The New York Times, Kylie Kremer formed a Stop the Steal Facebook group, and her mother posted about the group herself, which helped it gain followers. Facebook later banned the group, according to the same Times article.