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At Least 8 Republicans Who Attended Jan 6th Capitol Riot Won Their Elections

At Least 8 Republicans Who Attended Jan 6th Capitol Riot Won Their Elections

At least eight Republicans who attended the January 6th “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., that turned into the deadly insurrection at the Capitol were elected to office Tuesday. Three were elected to state legislatures, and five won positions at the local level.

What’s more troubling is that even more attendees of the Capitol riot will likely be on the ballot in 2022.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.(Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Among the January 6th attendees who won office on Tuesday were two Republicans reelected to the Virginia House of Delegates, Dave LaRock and John McGuire. The Huffington Post reports that earlier this year LaRock, responding to criticism from a Black elected official about his role in the insurrection, said the official should focus on “the needs of the colored community” but later apologized for the comment. McGuire won his seat despite his Democratic opponent unearthing a photo showing him standing near men in paramilitary gear confronting police on January 6th. McGuire had previously claimed he hadn’t heard of the violence at the U.S. Capitol until returning home. The news, he said, had “shocked and horrified” him.

The Huff Post also reports on the other attendees who won their races, including Marie March, a restaurant owner who bragged in a campaign advertisement about her attendance at the “Stop the Steal” rally and who in a since-deleted Facebook post warned of a “coming Civil War” in which she would be willing to “fight and die” for both her “family” and “small businesses,” also won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. January 6th attendee Natalie Jangula won a seat in Nampa, Idaho, and Christine Ead, who did not enter the Capitol building and later wrote a Facebook post falsely blaming the violence on “ANTIFA and other anarchists,” won a seat in Watchung, New Jersey.

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In all, the Huffington Post has identified 57 GOP state and local officials who plan to run in 2022 who were also at the Capitol on January 6th, although most have claimed they didn’t breach the U.S. Capitol on that day. But all 57 were participants in the demonstration leading up to the attack, standing alongside extremists and taking part in the crowd’s attempts to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden.

Read the full report at The Huffington Post.

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