This time, apparently, she really, really means it. Despite taking an oath in January to uphold the U.S. and state constitutions, and despite doing the same two years prior and two years before that, state Rep. Vicki Kraft saw the need to remind us of her vow just over a week ago.
“We … reaffirm our sworn oath to protect and defend the Constitutional rights provided to Washington citizens,” reads a letter signed by Kraft and 11 other Republican members of the Legislature.
Phew! Glad we cleared that up. In that regard, Kraft is just like the other 146 legislators. But maybe signing an open letter to the public (which was published in The Columbian) makes her extra special and extra patriotic. Like when Donald Trump hugged an American flag despite violating most of this nation’s foundations. Sentiment can be cheap.
Which is actually relevant to any discussion about Kraft’s vow. Because following the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, Kraft repeated the falsehoods that motivated the insurrectionists. She echoed unfounded claims – which had been rejected by the courts and any reasonable observer – of a rigged election.
“Many of these issues have been raised and distributed on media outlets, other than mainstream media, including social media,” she wrote at the time in an email to The Columbian. “It’s well known that most courts in our country are run by more liberal judges.”