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Barnette says she had a ‘wonderful time’ at Jan. 6 rally

Kathy Barnette, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, speaks with members of the media during a forum in Newtown, Pa., Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate Kathy Barnette said during a Monday interview on Fox News that she had a “wonderful time” in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, the date of the Capitol riot.

Barnette was asked by Fox’s Bret Baier about images circulating of her marching near the Capitol on Jan. 6, which showed her near people connected to the Proud Boys, a far-right group involved in the attack. 

Barnette said she was “not with the Proud Boys” but was “out there because I wanted to hear what the president had to say.”

“As a law-abiding American citizen, I had every right to go to a rally in support of my president. That is what I was doing there,” the conservative commentator asserted. “We had a wonderful time. We prayed. We listened to what the president had to say. We hung out.”

“We walked and sang songs, and then we got on our bus and left and came back home,” Barnette added.

When asked specifically about the photos of who she was marching with that day, Barnette said, “I have no idea who these people are that I was walking with,” adding, “The media is smearing my name and sowing seeds of disinformation in order to suppress my vote and steal this election from me.”  

Just one day before the state’s 2022 primary, polling of likely GOP primary voters showed Barnette running a close second, with 24 percent support. 

Her nearest opponents, celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund manager Dave McCormick, had 28 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Oz has the endorsement of former President Trump, one of several Republicans who has warned that Barnette could struggle in a general election because of her past rhetoric.

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