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Former Discovery host Richard Wyatt told a crowd of people assembled outside the Colorado Republican Party headquarters on Wednesday that they needed to be "carrying a gun."
Wyatt, who was convicted of 10 felonies related to conspiracy and tax evasion, spoke at a rally to replace state chair Kristi Burton Brown following a poor performance in the midterm elections.
"Get up and do something every single day to protect our rights in this country!" he told the crowd. "How many of you right now — don't answer this — are carrying a gun? If you're not, shame on you. That is a right!"
"When you don't do it, you lose the right," Wyatt said. "A right is like a muscle; if you don't exercise it, it goes away. Please exercise your rights. Show them what you mean!"
The former gun shop owner and TV host explained that he "just recently got out of federal prison."
"Guess who went to prison? Me," he lamented. "And let me tell you something. That's where every one of you is going to go if you let them get away with this crap."
On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "The Lead," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe argued that Attorney General Merrick Garland's speech, in the wake of top Oath Keepers' conviction for seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, is a direct message to other people who were involved in carrying out, organizing, or inciting the attack.
One of those people, McCabe continued, could be former President Donald Trump himself.
"Let me ask you about what we saw in the trial," said anchor Kasie Hunt. "Do you think the events of the last 24 hours have changed the calculation for the Justice Department in terms of whether or not to prosecute the former president, since they were able to secure this conviction?"
"No question, in a couple of ways," said McCabe. "The comments about the Oath Keeper verdict by the AG is a little more than just a chest-pounding session. He is sending a message to the attorneys representing the other Oath Keepers, whose trial is coming up, and the Proud Boys and whoever might be in the wings later that we can do this. We can put on these complicated, high-stakes political cases and get verdicts. Rethink whether you want to cooperate, provide evidence and seek an easier path."
"I think that's a — it's a very loud message to those folks who were in leadership positions, who may be being looked at for their role in organizing and instigating the attack," said McCabe. "And first and foremost among those is, of course, the former president."
Top members of the far-right group the Proud Boys are also scheduled to stand trial for seditious conspiracy, with one leader already pleading guilty and cooperating. Meanwhile, the former president is in the crosshairs of multiple federal investigations, which are folded up into the purview of newly appointed special
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Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd were both elected to the Cochise County Board of Supervisors in 2020, winning competitive Republican primary contests in the August election. Those victories allowed them to advance to the November general election, where both were unopposed.
Those elections both used the same electronic ballot tabulators that Crosby and Judd now say can’t be trusted in the 2022 election. Both have cited those fears — and unfounded claims that the machines haven’t been properly certified — as to why they weren’t able to certify Cochise County’s election results by the Nov. 28 statutory deadline.
Lisa Marra, the county’s election director, told the Arizona Mirror that the county purchased the ballot tabulators in 2015, and they were first used in 2016. She said neither Crosby nor Judd have questioned their own elections.
“I’ve had no inquiries from any of them asking about a procedure to remove themselves from office if they aren’t legally elected,” she said.
Crosby and Judd did not respond to messages seeking comment.
It’s unclear whether the concerns the Republican supervisors have voiced about the ballot tabulators are genuine, however. After Crosby and Judd voted to delay certifying the election, Judd undercut that rationale, telling the New York Times that the vote was a protest.
“Our small counties, we’re just sick and tired of getting kicked around and not being respected,” she told the Times, adding that the move was a protest over the election in Maricopa County, where printer problems affected Election Day voters at about 30% of voting sites.
Voters in Maricopa County who were affected couldn’t have their ballots read by polling place tabulators. But they were still able to deposit their completed ballots in a secure box so they could be transported to the county’s central election facility and counted later. There were roughly 17,000 of those ballots, and all were counted.
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