More Than Half a Dozen “Stop the Steal” Attendees Were Elected to Public Office Last Night
As you’ve probably heard by now, Tuesday did not go very well for Democrats. In Virginia, a guy who closed his campaign by suggesting he’ll ban Toni Morrison books was elected to serve as governor. In New Jersey, incumbent Phil Murphy eked out a victory, but the numbers were way too close for comfort in a state that Joe Biden won by 16 points. On Long Island, Democrats were hit with “staggering losses up and down the ballot.” Oh, and more than half a dozen people who attended Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally, the one that preceded the attack on the Capitol that left four people dead, were elected to public office.
HuffPost reports that at least eight Republicans who attended the January 6 rally in D.C. won local and state legislature races. While most of last night’s winners claim they didn’t take part in the actual insurrection, just the event that came before it, they all happily gathered to support the then president as he made baseless, outrageous claims that inspired hundreds of people to try and violently overturn the election. As a reminder, it was at that rally where Trump told his supporters, among other things:
- “All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats, which is what they’re doing. And stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up, we will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”
- “Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore and that’s what this is all about. And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with: We will stop the steal.”
- “I’ve been in two elections. I won them both and the second one, I won much bigger than the first.“
- “Get your people to fight.”
- “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
- “And Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you. I will tell you right now. I’m not hearing good stories.”
- “So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we’re going to the Capitol.”
Who are these people, now in terrifying positions of power? Per HuffPost:
In Nampa, Idaho, rally attendee Natalie Jangula won a city council seat, as did Watchung, New Jersey’s Christine Ead, who falsely blamed the violence on “ANTIFA and other anarchists.” Susan Soloway, who has the distinction of helping organize a bus to transport Trump supporters to the rally, won reelection in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. According to HuffPost, Soloway posted a selfie on Facebook outside of the Capitol, which she later deleted. In Braintree, Massachusetts, a former high school teacher who resigned after a photo of him outside the Capitol was sent to the FBI, won a seat on the local school committee. Per Huffpost, Matthew Lynch received the second most votes in the six-candidate race for three open school committee seats.
At least one race involving a rally attendee has still not been called; in a comment to HuffPost, Monica Manthey, who is still awaiting results in the Annapolis, Maryland, city council race, said, “I’m not a crazy insurrectionist person.” Asked if the insurrection caused her to rethink her support of Trump, she said: “I never rethought my support.”
As HuffPost notes, these victories are a terrifying glimpse of what’s to come; at least 57 state and local GOP officials attended the January 6 rally, and many of them are up for reelection next year. They enjoy the support of the majority of the Republican Party which, after pretending to initially be aghast at the attack on the Capitol, has now moved on. Insurrection, sminsurrection!
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For its next trick, the Supreme Court will flood the country with even more guns
You know what the United States, which saw 11 mass shootings just this past weekend, could use? According to the Supreme Court’s conservative justices, more guns. Per CNN:
The case at hand, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, concerns a New York law that requires residents to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon and demonstrate that they face a “special or unique danger to their life.” Which seems…more than reasonable! New York solicitor general Barbara Underwood argued on Wednesday that if the justices rule against the law, they could jeopardize other laws that restrict handguns in places like courthouses, airports, bars, schools, houses of worship, and subways.
To which Justice Samuel Alito basically responded, “Yeah, and? More people should be carrying guns on the subway.”
Get ready for even more COVID-vaccine disinformation
If you thought the anti-vaxxers were bad before, just wait. Per NBC News:
According to NBC News, the ad was paid for by the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation, an anti-vaccine group founded just last month by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Kirsch, who has recently been railing against vaccines, which he calls “toxic,” and advocating unproven COVID cures.
“They’re going to get their claws into a new group of hesitant families that otherwise have got all of their vaccines on time,” Burgert said. “I’m concerned that they’re going to be able to use their manipulation tactics and psychological tactics to harness a new group of formerly pro-vaccine families into vaccine hesitancy.”
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Published at Wed, 03 Nov 2021 22:49:47 +0000