Would Republicans vote for congressional candidates on Jan 6?
If some of Donald Trump's followers in D.C. decided to run for Congress on the day of the Capitol attack, that would be a big deal. Teddy Daniels, a Republican congressional hopeful, posted a video from near the Capitol steps with the caption "I am here". God bless our team.
There is a long shot GOP candidate who posed for a picture on the day of the attack wearing what appears to be black body armor. On the surface, it may be tempting to dismiss these fringe figures as unimportant. Most American adults can run for whatever office they please, and if some obscure right-wing activists decide to launch longshot congressional campaigns, that's their business.
Tom Emmer is the current chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is responsible for helping the party try to regain the majority in the House. The Minnesota congressman held a town-hall event last week and answered a voter's question about how many people are running for Congress after the Washington, D.C. rally. The NRCC wants nothing to do with extremists tied to the events of Jan. 6 and Emmer would've made clear that he and his party support candidates from the American mainstream, not the American fringe.
The beauty of this country is that anyone who wants to run for office can, Emmer said after noting that he didn't know which candidates the women were referring to. Whether we're talking about people we agree with or disagree with, they can run. I want as many people as possible who share our values to step up and be the voice and run for office.
Or put another way, while Emmer has called for "accountability" for criminals, the NRCC chair isn't prepared to rule out the possibility of backing those who