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
The Supreme Court seemed ready to expand Second Amendment rights after hearing arguments for over two hours and expressing skepticism about a New York law that restricts individuals from carrying concealed handguns outside the home for self-defense.… President Donald Trump’s three appointees, justices Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh [expressed concern] about the high bar necessary to obtain a permit. “Why isn’t it good enough to say I live in a violent area?” Kavanaugh asked.
It’s been more than a decade since the justices have decided a significant Second Amendment case and now the conservative-leaning court has the opportunity to reexamine the scope of the right to keep and bear arms in a case brought by an affiliate of the National Rifle Association. The court could potentially allow more guns to be carried on some of the busiest streets in the largest cities in the nation, at a time when the Biden administration has vowed to push for enhanced gun regulations.