Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman—a far-right conservative who was censured over racist statements, lost his seat on the legislative ethics committee for his own ethics violation, was removed from the conservative Republican minority caucus for being a complete headache and two-time winner of the Midnight Sun’s worst legislator award—ran off to nation’s capital today to lend his support to pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Eastman, whose politics have been such a headache for fellow Republicans that he was the target of a concerted effort to oust him in this year’s Republican primary, claimed to Alaska media that he didn’t witness violence, but he did offer Alaska’s News Source the following ominous comment before the violent attempt at an insurrection began:
“There are times when push comes to shove and now seems to be one of those times. So, all the more important that you recognize that simply rolling-over is not going to do anything good for Alaska or for our country.”
(Which sure sounds like violence.)
Eastman was one of a handful of Alaska Republican legislators or legislators-elect who signed an amicus brief supporting Texas’ lawsuit attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election and hand President Donald Trump an unearned second term. (Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy attempted but spectacularly failed to actually join the lawsuit.)
Before his departure to D.C., Eastman—whose made much ado about his oaths as a legislator and in the military to defend the country and Constitution against foreign and domestic enemies while also frequently posting the anti-government Three Percenter group—penned a conspiracy-laced blog post that equates Trump’s loss to the assertion that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while running through several debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, Dunleavy and Alaska’s congressional delegation who’ve met the last four years with tepid concern or obsequious enablement released a series of statements acting shocked over the predictable turn of events ushered in by their actions and platforming of conspiracy theories.
“I’m deeply saddened & appalled to see the violence at the U.S. Capitol today. Acts of violence have no place in our great country. Republicans are the party of law & order. These few extremists do not represent our values,” Tweeted Dunleavy, who ineptly tried to throw the state’s support behind the Texas lawsuit to invalidate the election. “We settle our disputes through dialogue not violence.”
Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan who’s been largely quiet about Trump and the pending challenge of the election’s results finally broke his silence to say he is “disgusted” by today’s events.
Neither Sullivan, Dunleavy nor U.S. Rep. Don Young mentioned the president—who has spent much of the day egging the protests on—in their comments.
Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski—who has drawn ire from the GOP for expressing concern and disappointment with Trump’s actions over the last four years—was the only member of Alaska’s delegation to mention Trump in her comments.
“Mr. President, tell your supporters to stop the violence. Stop the assault. Now.”
Why it matters
As one Twitterer wrote in response to Eastman’s claims that he hadn’t been party to the violence, “Flying from Alaska to be in the back of *this* crowd is the same as being in the front of it.”