One of the leading candidates in a close Republican primary for the US Senate in Pennsylvania on January 6, 2021 is seen in photos marching with a large group of people in Washington, DC that emerged this weekend.
Kathy Barnette, who has been gaining momentum in recent polls in the crowded field of seven candidates running for the May 17 primary nomination, is marching among a crowd of supporters of former President Trump, including at least one member of a violent one , far-right group dubbed the Proud Boys Loud two photos verified by NBC News.
Barnette is the first candidate for the US Senate in Pennsylvania to be confirmed in the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” protests that eventually led to a riot in the US Capitol as Congress confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory confirmed in the presidential elections two years ago.
A Republican primary candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Doug Mastriano was also in Washington, DC to join the protests. Mastriano, a senator from central Pennsylvania, is the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination in tomorrow’s primary.
Barnette’s campaign told NBC News that she was not involved in any of the violence that erupted in the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“Kathy was in DC to support President Trump and to call for electoral accountability. Any claim that she participated in or assisted in the destruction of property is intentionally false. She has no connection with the Proud Boys,” the campaign told NBC News.
The photos were first published on Twitter by Chad Loder.
Barnette’s participation in the Jan. 6 protests was previously reported, and NBC10 asked Barnette about her involvement during an interview last month. You can see the full interview at this link and in the video player at the top of this story. A clip from the interview with her response to her participation in the protests is here:
Kathy Barnette, a Republican candidate for the US Senate in Pennsylvania in the May 17 primary, spoke to NBC10 about her participation in the protests on January 6, 2020 in Washington, DC
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