Virginia “Trump in heels” candidate says Capitol attack was justified — because of COVID rules – By Roger Sollenberger (Salon) / January 26 2021
Amanda Chase says Capitol rioters were tired of being told “what we can and cannot do in the form of mandates”
Virginia’s leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, Amanda Chase, has justified the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as a response to public health mandates in place to limit the pandemic, according to a recently surfaced video clip. Chase said the would-be insurrectionists who overran the Capitol while play-acting a ludicrous violent fantasy were actually concerned about “losing our Republic.”
A reporter from the British channel SkyNews approached Chase, a state senator from central Virginia who has described herself as “Trump in heels,” at the Jan. 18 Lobby Day Patriot Food Drive in Richmond, asking for “a word for the rest of the world” about the Capitol riots. “They’re looking in on America and wondering what on earth is going on here,” the reporter wondered.
Chase, who faces censure in the Virginia state legislature after referring to Capitol rioters as “patriots,” said the attack was about “federal and state” mandates.
“America wants freedom. They are tired of an overreaching federal government and state government telling us what we can and cannot do in the form of mandates. I don’t think that’s representative of our republic and people,” she explained. “What we’re seeing is a level of frustration like we’ve never seen in America, and here in Virginia, because people are concerned that we are getting away from a representative republic and are headed towards socialism and communism, in which the government makes all these decisions for us.”