The Legislature won’t be helping Eastman out with the lawsuit seeking to bar him from holding elected office.
In a nuanced ruling, Judge McKenna rules Eastman’s membership in the Oath Keepers likely meets the Alaska Constitution’s disloyalty clause test but will allow the election to go forward with the caveat that Eastman may be ultimately barred from holding office.
If a lawmaker in a democratic government is willing to subvert and destroy the democratic traditions upon which our society is built, and gives tacit support to domestic terrorist groups, is he or she fit to serve? The members of Restoring Honor, a non-partisan, unaffiliated group of over 1,000 West Point Alumni say, “No.”
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The vote was postponed after Eastman brought up a legitimate objection with how the vote was being approached, but there’s uncertainty whether the House has the 21 votes to take action against Eastman for his membership in the extremist Oath Keeper militia group.
Eastman’s trip appears to be part of a growing trend of Big Lie-supporting Republicans making the pilgrimage to an “audit” that has become largely a laughing stock to anyone outside of the rabidly pro-Trump media world. Professional auditors who’ve weighed in on the process have likened it more to a “grift,” “clown show” or “fraudit”
They’ve built a brand on spreading these kinds of lies and fearmongering to their constituents and they, just like the president, cannot shrug away the responsibility for the results of their actions.
“Flying from Alaska to be in the back of this crowd is the same as being in the front of it.”
Eastman and Reinbold, who’ve both ranked as the worst legislators in our crowd-sourced legislator rankings, get top billing along with Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin in the filing.
Republicans hoped 2020 would not only expand their numbers but make those numbers more obedient. Neither looks to be happening.