District 1 may have a real fascist on its ballot.
Republican House candidate Logan Manhart from Bath lived in Wisconsin for the last three years campaigning for Donald Trump and other fascists. Amidst that campaigning, he participated in the Big Lie protest that turned into the Capitol Insurrection of January 6, 2021. Yesterday he commemorated his participation in that protest with this promulgation of the fascist lie:
“A year ago today we were told to protest ‘peacefully and patriotically‘,” tweets Manhart with pictures of himself smiling at the scene of a domestic terrorist attack, “and that’s exactly what we did. Protesting for a cause we believed in.”
The most generous interpretation I can make of this Tweet is that Manhart looks like Grandpa pulling out the photo album and saying, “Look at these swell pictures Grandma and I got of Japanese airplanes during our honeymoon in Honolulu on December 7, 1941. Hawaii is so pretty!”
But Manhart is not oblivious to historical and political context. He tweeted these photos and this text on the anniversary of the violent Capitol insurrection to promote his fascist cause, the Big Lie.
Don’t get lured into a debate over Manhart’s adverbs. The pictures offer no proof that Manhart himself participated in the non-peaceful activity of January 6, 2021 or himself waved any of the non-patriotic flags carried by the domestic terrorists who surround him in the crowd and who stormed the Capitol. Manhart disavowed the violence of his fellow Trumpists that day as the “absolutely disgusting” action of “a reckless few” that “tainted” the activity of “Millions of… Patriots peaceably assembled….”
Manhart’s day-of miscount of the crowd rallying for Trump on January 6, 2021—120,000 is far short of “millions”— shows Manhart’s willingness to participate in the fascist dictator’s willful lies. But the key word exposing his fascism in his yesterday tweet is “protest”. Protest what?
Logan Manhart joined thousands of others in the nation’s capital on January 6, 2021, to protest a free and fair election. To explain, let’s turn to the man whose honest victory by 7,000,000 human votes 74 Electoral College votes Manhart protests, President Joe Biden:
For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol.
But they failed. They failed [President Joe Biden, speech commemorating the anniversary of the January 6 Capitol insurrection, Washington, DC, 2022.01.06; transcribed and annotated by Katie Rogers, New York Times, 2022.01.06].
President Biden yesterday spoke mostly about the violent insurrectionists who committed crimes inside the United States Capitol. But his words capture the intent of Manhart and all of his compatriots who assembled to protest the free and fair election:
They weren’t looking to uphold the will of the people. They were looking to deny the will of the people.
They… weren’t looking to uphold a free and fair election. They were looking to overturn one.
They weren’t looking to save the cause of America. They were looking to subvert the Constitution [Biden, 2022.01.06].
Manhart’s protest on January 6, 2021, and his continued celebration of that protest shows his fealty to the Big Fascist Lie that puts one man’s ego and his followers’ fascist impulses above the Constitution and the truth:
…The truth is that no election — no election in American history has been more closely scrutinized or more carefully counted.
Every legal challenge questioning the results in every court in this country that could have been made was made and was rejected — often rejected by Republican-appointed judges, including judges appointed by the former president himself, from state courts to the United States Supreme Court.
Recounts were undertaken in state after state. Georgia — Georgia counted its results three times, with one recount by hand.
Phony partisan audits were undertaken long after the election in several states. None changed the results. And in some of them, the irony is the margin of victory actually grew slightly.
So, let’s speak plainly about what happened in 2020. Even before the first ballot was cast, the former president was preemptively sowing doubt about the election results. He built his lie over months. It wasn’t based on any facts. He was just looking for an excuse — a pretext — to cover for the truth.
He’s not just a former president. He’s a defeated former president — defeated by a margin of over seven million of your votes in a full and free and fair election.
There is simply zero proof the election results were inaccurate. In fact, in every venue where evidence had to be produced and an oath to tell the truth had to be taken, the former president failed to make his case [Biden, 2022.01.06].
Manhart now refuses to talk to the press about what he was doing in Washington, DC, that day (and, hey, when a candidate for public office refuses to speak to the press, that’s a sign it’s time for the public to look for a different candidate). That may be because Manhart knows his Big Lie won’t play well outside of his Trumpublican echo chamber.
But let’s be clear: Manhart protested the free and fair election of 2020. He maintains that lying about the results of the 2020 election, continuing to sow doubt in the results of a free and fair election, is a noble cause. Manhart now wants to participate in an election, which his fellow protestors are working to make less free and fair.
District 1, there’s a contradiction there. Y’all might want to elect someone else.