On January 6, the United States saw the chilling culmination of former President Donald Trump's constant lies about the 2020 election.
Upending the joint congressional session certifying then-President-elect Joe Biden's victory, a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol, shattering windows, beating police officers, ransacking offices, smearing excrement across the walls, and called for the execution of any lawmaker they saw as disloyal to Trump.
As the New York Times confirmed, an unignorable number of rioters emerged from the so-called "Save America" rally—Trump's demonstration on the White House ellipse which occurred just moments before. There, a slate of far-right speakers emphasized the supposed need to "fight" against imagined widespread election fraud, using increasingly militant rhetoric.
For instance, far-right Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama said:
"Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass."
Trump himself, as the rally's featured speaker, urged supporters to walk to the Capitol and "fight" to make their voices heard.
So there's no question that the deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol emerged not just out of the former President's months-long smear campaign against the validity of American democracy, but out of the explicit instructions given at the Save America Rally.
Flash forward to 10 months later, where elections in New Jersey, New York, and Virginia were regarded as tea leaves to view the potential outcomes of the 2022 midterms.
Most notably, Republican =candidate Glenn Youngkin defeated Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race. While the commonwealth's results sent Democrats to reevaluating their 2022 midterm plans, the results of some down ballot races present a less expected problem.
According to a new report from HuffPost, at least 10 attendees of the "Save America" rally that devolved into the insurrection have now been elected to office in a variety of positions.
Two of the officials are Dave LaRock and John McGuire, both of whom won their reelection bids to the Virginia House of Delegates. Marie March, a restaurant owner who touted her participation in the rally over the course of her campaign, was also elected to the body.
Other attendees from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts were elected to city councils and school boards.
This onslaught of January 6 candidates is likely to only get worse next year, when the 2022 midterms bring even more elections across the country.
People are deeply unsettled by their victories.
Some said attendees shouldn't be able to run for office.