Gonna be an interesting midterm election pretzel twist….
Maybe that historic midterm loses thing won’t come to pass next year?
The GOP’s political turmoil over the Jan. 6 insurrection is seeping into the midterm elections.
House Republican leaders have forcefully condemned the violent Capitol riot by Donald Trump’s supporters. But the GOP campaign arm is now in the uncomfortable position of watching several of its own candidates face sharp questions about their role in the deadly siege that injured scores of police officers.
One of those GOP candidates, Derrick Van Orden in Wisconsin, has distanced himself from the violence, saying he left the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally after rioters began breaking into the Capitol and that he never went inside. But another Republican congressional hopeful, Teddy Daniels in Pennsylvania, posted a video from near the Capitol steps with the caption: “I Am Here. God Bless Our Patriots.”
Then there’s Tina Forte, a long-shot GOP candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who posed for a picture the day of the attack wearing what appears to be black body armor. In another photo from that day, the right-wing influencer displayed a white power hand gesture.
Those candidates’ ties to the Jan. 6 attack are the latest headache — and in some cases, potential political liability — for House Republicans as they deal with fallout from the Trump-led rally that metastasized into a coup attempt. It’s impossible to know how many of the GOP’s still-growing crop of candidates this cycle took part in the riot. But Democrats are already preparing to lean into the issue of Trump-linked extremism within the Republican ranks, which they’re betting will hurt the GOP in key battleground districts next fall.
And a panel assembled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including two Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, is seeking to investigate the circumstances of the attack, an effort that could keep Jan. 6 in the public eye for months….