South Dakota GOP navigates schism one year after Jan. 6 insurrection

“I am happy to have joined the one million Trump supporters in the peaceful demonstration in Washington D.C. on January 6th,” reads the post.

Manhart, who is running for the South Dakota Legislature in District 1 in the northeastern corner, doesn’t mention the violent attacks following the rally that January day that left five dead. He doesn’t mention the hoax of an election fraud campaign that drove President Trump supporters to overturn a barricade and bum-rush the U.S. Capitol in what the FBI has called the biggest criminal investigation in American history.

But Manhart does add that he left with no “ill intentions.”

Now, he doesn’t want to talk about the day.

“I appreciate the outreach but I am not interested in any inquiries at this time,” said Manhart, in an email to Forum News Service, in December.

A former Wisconsin GOP staffer, Manhart isn’t the only Republican candidate or legislator with ties — either physically or by remote political support or cheering — to the nation’s most recent day of infamy.

Rep. Steve Haugaard, now running a far-right primary gubernatorial campaign against Gov. Kristi Noem, attended a

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