At least seven people who attended the January 6 Trump supporters rally in Washington that preceded the uprising in the US Capitol were elected to public office on Tuesday.
BuzzFeed News first reported last week that there were at least 13 Republicans running this year who traveled to Washington on January 6 to protest the 2020 election results. No one was charged with a crime, and everyone denied they were part of a Trump-backed mafia that stormed the Capitol to try to thwart confirmation of Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. As a result of the attack, five people were killed and about 140 law enforcement officers were injured.
On Tuesday, three of the 13 Republicans – Dave LaRock, John McGuire and Marie March – were elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, HuffPost first reported. Larock and McGuire won re-election, and Marsh got a seat.
“We’re in a very conservative neighborhood and a lot of people like Donald Trump,” restaurant owner March told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “At the time, he was the current President of the United States of America. We went to see how he spoke. “
March told AP that she has no regrets about attending the rally.
LaRock, who has represented Virginia’s 33rd district since 2014, lashed out at critics who urged him to step down after it was revealed that he participated in the Jan. 6 rally, according to the Loudoun Times. Prior to that, he circulated statements about election collusion. In a statement released after the rally, LaRock said the participants were “law-abiding, patriotic, young people pushing prams.”
“This event was, for the most part, an outstanding manifestation of the people’s right to peaceful assembly and to asking the government for redress,” said LaRock, who then falsely stated that those who infiltrated the Capitol were “paid provocateurs”.
McGuire did not publicly admit that he participated in the rally until July, when he told The Washington Post. Then McGuire told reporters that he had not entered the building.
Two other Republicans who were in the Capitol that day – Philip Hamilton and Maureen Brody – lost their races on Tuesday over the Virginia House of Delegates.
According to HuffPost, other Jan.6 rally winners on Tuesday included Christine Yad of Watchung City Council, New Jersey; Natalie Jungula from Nampa City Council, Idaho; Matthew Lynch from the local school committee in Braintree, Massachusetts; and Susan Soloway for re-election to the Board of Directors of Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
According to Idaho Press, Jangula said that attending the January 6 rally was “a unique opportunity to demonstrate support for our country.” Braintree, a former teacher who retired after a photo of him appeared at the rally, told local news organization Patch that the FBI visited him twice since that day. It is unclear if he entered the Capitol. Meanwhile, Soloway faced a Change.org petition urging her to step down from her district’s governing body after it was revealed she was at a rally. In a statement, Soloway stated that she participated in the rally but left before the Capitol was broken into.
“Our group was shocked, outraged and outright frightened when it became apparent that a group of thugs were using the rally as a pretext to attack the US Capitol,” she said, according to the New Jersey Globe. “As we watched the crowd in front try to enter the Capitol grounds, I took the video on my phone and, worried about my safety, quickly left the area.”
In February, HuffPost identified at least 57 Republicans at the local or state office who attended a January 6 rally of Trump supporters. Some of them have resigned or faced the consequences. In June, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that more than 500 people had been arrested in connection with the Capitol riots.
On the morning of January 6, thousands of Trump supporters gathered on the White House Ellipsis for a Stop Theft rally, where Trump appeared, making claims that the election had been stolen.
“If you don’t fight as hard as you can, you will no longer have a country,” Trump said at the end of his speech this morning. “We’re going to take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue — I love Pennsylvania Avenue — and we’re going to the Capitol.”
Trump pleaded with his supporters to “try to give [lawmakers] the kind of pride and courage they need to get our country back. ” Many of his supporters at the rally made their way to the Capitol, where the certification of Biden’s victory took place.