At Least 7 Republicans Who Were At The Jan. 6 Rally Just Got Elected To Office

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At slightest seven Republicans who attended the Jan. 6 rally successful Washington, D.C., that turned into a deadly insurrection were elected to bureau Tuesday.

Three were elected to authorities legislatures, and four won positions astatine the section level.

Although most person claimed they didn’t breach the U.S. Capitol on that day, each were participants successful the objection starring up to the attack, lasting alongside extremists to instrumentality portion successful the finale of a months-long anti-democratic campaign to falsely assertion that then-President Donald Trump hadn’t truly mislaid the 2020 election.

Their victories connected Tuesday are a imaginable motion of things to come: HuffPost antecedently identified astatine 57 authorities and section GOP officials who attended the Jan. 6 rally, galore of whom volition beryllium up for reelection — and volition apt support bureau — adjacent year.

That these candidates bask the enactment of the wider Republican Party and are winning elections does not bode good for American democracy, showing that 1 of the country’s large governmental parties, contempt immoderate archetypal gestures astatine being horrified by the events of Jan. 6, is astir wholly unrepentant implicit its relation successful fomenting the historical onslaught connected the Capitol.

Among the Jan. 6 attendees who won bureau connected Tuesday were 2 Republicans reelected to the Virginia House of Delegates: Dave LaRock and John McGuire.

John McGuire, a Jan. 6 attendee seen present  during a erstwhile   run  for Congress, was reelected to the Virginia House of Delegates connected  Tuesday.
John McGuire, a Jan. 6 attendee seen present during a erstwhile run for Congress, was reelected to the Virginia House of Delegates connected Tuesday.

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Earlier this twelvemonth LaRock, responding to disapproval from a Black elected authoritative astir his relation successful the insurrection, said the authoritative should absorption connected “the needs of the colored community.” (He aboriginal apologized for the comment.)

McGuire won his spot contempt his Democratic hostile unearthing a photo showing him lasting adjacent men successful paramilitary cogwheel confronting constabulary connected Jan. 6. McGuire had antecedently claimed helium hadn’t heard of the unit astatine the U.S. Capitol until returning home. The news, helium said, had “shocked and horrified” him.

Marie March, a edifice proprietor who bragged successful a run advertisement astir her attendance astatine the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally and who successful a since-deleted Facebook station warned of a “coming Civil War” successful which she would beryllium consenting to “fight and die” for some her “family” and “small businesses,” besides won a spot successful the Virginia House of Delegates connected Tuesday.

In metropolis councils crossed the country, Jan. 6 rally attendee Natalie Jangula won a spot successful Nampa, Idaho, and Christine Ead, who did not participate the Capitol gathering and aboriginal wrote a Facebook station falsely blaming the unit connected “ANTIFA and different anarchists,” won a spot successful Watchung, New Jersey.

Susan Soloway, who helped organized a autobus to transport Trump supporters to the Jan. 6 rally, won reelection to the Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Board of Directors. Soloway attended the rally and aboriginal posted connected Facebook a selfie extracurricular of the Capitol, which she aboriginal deleted. She claims not to person entered the building, and to person turned implicit footage she took astatine the riot to the FBI.

In Braintree, Massachusetts, a erstwhile precocious schoolhouse teacher who resigned his presumption aft section activists sent a photograph of him extracurricular the Capitol connected Jan. 6 to the FBI, won a seat connected the section schoolhouse committee. Matthew Lynch received the 2nd astir votes successful the six-candidate contention for 3 unfastened schoolhouse committee seats. He told Patch earlier this twelvemonth that the FBI has visited him doubly since Jan. 6, but did not elaborate connected what occurred during those interviews. In his correspondence with Patch, helium accused the activists of “slandering maine arsenic a home terrorist,” and called them a “digital Lynch mob.” It’s unclear if helium breached the Capitol building.

At slightest 2 races involving Jan. 6 attendees are inactive undecided. Charles Ausberger is inactive waiting to perceive whether he’s won a spot connected the metropolis assembly of Mansfield, Connecticut, and Monica Manthey is inactive awaiting results successful her contention to articulation the Annapolis, Maryland, metropolis council.

“I’m not a brainsick insurrectionist person,” Manthey, who attended the rally but claimed she didn’t participate the Capitol gathering connected Jan. 6, insisted to HuffPost connected Wednesday morning. Asked if the riot made her rethink her enactment of Trump, Manthey replied: “I ne'er rethought my support.”

Elsewhere crossed the country, astatine slightest 5 Jan. 6 attendees were defeated astatine the ballot box. In Virginia, 2 candidates — Maureen Brody and Phillp Hamilton — lost their bids to articulation the House of Delegates.

Steve Lynch, Republican campaigner  for Northampton County executive, speaks astatine  a Moms for Liberty rally astatine  the Pennsylvania State Capitol successful  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, past  month. He mislaid  his bid for region  enforcement  connected  Tuesday.
Steve Lynch, Republican campaigner for Northampton County executive, speaks astatine a Moms for Liberty rally astatine the Pennsylvania State Capitol successful Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, past month. He mislaid his bid for region enforcement connected Tuesday.

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Steve Lynch, who pushed debunked conspiracy theories that the siege of the Capitol was a mendacious emblem lawsuit carried retired by leftists, lost his race for region enforcement successful Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Incumbent T.J. Onerlaw, who said helium got “pretty darn adjacent to wherever the doorway is” astatine the Capitol but was unaware until aboriginal that nighttime that anyone had breached the building, was defeated successful his quest for different word successful the Mason, Ohio, metropolis council.

And Edward Durfee Jr., a member of the far-right militia the Oath Keepers, a radical heavy implicated successful the unit connected Jan. 6, lost a contention for a spot successful the New Jersey General Assembly. Durfee, who previously told BuzzFeed News helium did not tempest the Capitol but was moving arsenic information for the Oath Keepers, presently heads up the Republican Party successful Northvale, New Jersey.

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