A treason-talker is running for District 30 House. Pat Baumann of Custer announces his Republican candidacy in the Custer County Chronicle (which maybe needs to be respelled with Ks) with basic and base Trumpist lies, wildly exaggerating crowd size and praising the January 6 insurrection as a great patriotic awakening:
My wife and I were in Washington DC Jan. 6, 2021. We witnessed something that the major networks refused to cover. Standing shoulder to shoulder with an estimated million other concerned Americans, we became part of a great awakening. In addition to being awakened to the darkness that is creeping into our government, we were awakened to the realization that ‘we the people’ carry the light that will push that darkness back! [Pat Baumann, press release, Custer County Chronicle, 2022.01.20]
A million people did not stand shoulder to shoulder to listen to the loser of the 2020 election call for violent overthrow of the government. Baumann over states the number of protestors milling about on the mall by at least a factor of 10 and the pre-riot rally crowd by perhaps a factor of 100. The people like Baumann who cheer and promote the lies spread at that rally are not patriots; they are dupes at best, traitors at worst, but definitely not honest, level-headed, reliable defenders of the United States Constitution.
The only sentiments that January 6, 2021, should awaken in any patriot are disgust and determination never to allow such crimes against the Caitol and the Constitution to happen again. That Baumann cheers this day of infamy disqualifies him from holding any office requiring an oath to faithfully uphold the Constitution of the United States. That the Republican Party allows such an insurrectionist to run on its ticket should disqualify the entire party from electoral consideration.
District 30 already has two radical right-wing Representatives, Tim Goodwin from out by Sheridan Lake and Trish Ladner from Hot Springs. Neither is term-limited. Whether District 30 can come up with any better options remains to be seen.