Joe Benning denounces ‘fascist iconography’ and opponent Greg Thayer for Jan. 6

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2022

Contacts:
Joe Benning, Candidate
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(802) 274-1346

Alex McCracken, Campaign Manager
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Web: www.joebenning.com

Lyndonville, VT – July 18, 2022 – Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) wishes to go on the record today to condemn certain positions of his primary opponent. Specifically, for his involvement in the insurrection of January 6th, 2021, as well as his recent complicity with fascist iconography displayed at the July 4th celebration in Colchester.

Joe Benning

Joe Benning

During a recent interview with several news outlets, Mr. Thayer again defended his decision to participate in the Jan. 6th insurrection, going as far as stating that it was “just a lot of fun” for him personally. This attack on the US Capitol led to the deaths of nine individuals; four members of the crowd during the course of the insurrection, and five law enforcement officers in the ensuing days and weeks, four of whom tragically took their own lives.

More recently, VTDigger reported that Mark Coester (candidate for multiple seats) attended the Colchester 4th of July parade proudly sporting multiple symbols of fascism and white nationalism. Included in that same display were promotional materials for the Thayer campaign. Thayer, who also marched in the same parade, has refused to condemn this anti-democratic iconography used alongside his image.

Sen. Benning finds this pattern extremely troubling. There is no place for this kind of behavior in American democracy. This is not who we are; as Americans, as Vermonters, or as Republicans. Images and symbols that promote fascist ideology are entirely antithetical to what it means to be a part of a constitutional republic, and it is deeply concerning behavior from any candidate for office. On a day meant to celebrate our shared history as Americans, and our independence from an authoritarian regime, this serves only to divide and alienate huge swaths of the public. It is a disservice to the United States, and to the great State of Vermont.

Sen. Benning has prepared a statement in light of recent events. Please see his full
comment below:

“My opponent claims he was fighting for the constitution when he went to Washington D.C. on January 6th in order to “stop the steal.” Even President Trump’s closest advisors, and daughter Ivanka, now concede there was nothing ever “stolen.” Furthermore, there is no constitutional provision that Mr. Thayer can cite justifying the ability of a sitting Vice President to pick and choose what electoral votes he or she can count. In fact, if he’d thought about it, I’m sure he’d agree that Kamala Harris would have no right to single handedly nullify the vote of the people in 2024.

Mr. Thayer’s continued insistence that January 6th was “just a lot of fun” is an abhorrent insult to those men and women in blue who suffered and died that day, performing their sworn duty to protect the very constitutional system that has made this the greatest country in the world. These comments have not occurred in a vacuum. In June, Mr. Thayer appeared at a press conference with several candidates who claimed, entirely without evidence, that the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York were “false flag” operations designed by the United States government. Additionally, as of this morning (July 18th), Mr. Thayer has still not corrected his illegally redacted IRS 1040 with the Vermont Secretary of State, flagrantly snubbing his nose at Vermont state election law.

Taken together, a disturbing pattern of behavior becomes apparent. I find it gravely troubling that Mr. Thayer has continued to defend the indefensible, courting those that promote conspiracy theories, fascist iconography, and white nationalism. As a Vermont Republican I do not believe these attitudes represent our party’s cherished history of respect and integrity.

Future generations of Americans will see January 6th as the low water mark of our constitutional republic – the first real threat to the peaceful transition of power in a nation built upon that principle. History will remember how we conducted ourselves in this critical time, as citizens and as candidates.”

 

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40 thoughts on “Joe Benning denounces ‘fascist iconography’ and opponent Greg Thayer for Jan. 6

  1. Joe Benning is a liar.

    “The most compelling piece of evidence that Trump wanted to thwart — rather than incite —violence is contained in a lengthy memo written by the Pentagon inspector general that chronicled the assistance the Defense Department offered Congress both ahead of and during the riot.

    In it, the IG recounts a fateful meeting on Jan. 3, 2021 in the White House when then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Trump on national security matters.

    The complete passage — hardly mentioned by Democrats at the hearings or the news media covering them — is worth absorbing in its entirety.

    “Mr. Miller and GEN Milley met with the President at the White House at 5:30 p.m.,” the IG reported. “The primary topic they discussed was unrelated to the scheduled rally. GEN Milley told us that at the end of the meeting, the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protestors on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event. Gen Milley told us that Mr. Miller responded, ‘We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered.'”

    Trump gave order to ‘make sure’ Jan. 6 rally was ‘safe event,’ Pentagon memo shows

    https://justthenews.com/government/congress/trump-gave-explicit-order-about-jan-6-rally-make-sure-it-was-safe-event-dod

  2. One of the books that influenced me as a young man was “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer. Hoffer’s descriptions of those who attach themselves to movements and then believe nearly anything without question still has relevance today.

    When a politician, like Mr Thayer this past June, is willing to participate in a press conference with those claiming without any evidence that the Ulvade and Buffalo mass murders were “false flag” operations designed by the United States government, something is very wrong.

    For Senator Benning to point this and other examples of what he feels is questionable judgement by Mr. Thayer is exactly what should be done when two people are running for the same office.

    • Re: “One of the books that influenced me as a young man was “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer. Hoffer’s descriptions of those who attach themselves to movements and then believe nearly anything without question still has relevance today.”

      Indeed, Mr. Frietag. You and Joe Benning need only look in the mirror to see the truth in Eric Hoffer’s words. Consider these from ‘The True Believer’ as well.

      “The quality of ideas seems to play a minor role in mass movement leadership. What counts is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world.”

      • Isn’t that the description of a confidence man? lol….

        aka snake oil salesman, con man, etc. etc….

        And they do speak with a boldness that is very convincing, no doubt, just wear the hip waders because nobody has cleaned the stall the play in for some time.

      • Actually Jay, the “arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinon of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world” sound more like Donald Trump.

        Recently I was criticized by a leftist as being “an old white man who lives in the past” in regards what I wrote in my weekly White River Valley Herald column with advice from some old farmers on how new people can fit into rural communities. I am afraid that looking in the mirror this is a more accurate descritption of myself.

        • As usual, Mr. Freitag, you deceive with deflection in a lame attempt to change the subject to what Donald Trump ‘sounds’ like.

          We’ve been discussing what you and Joe Benning ‘sound like’. Your continued failure to consider ‘the other side of the story’, as presented in the reports offered for your consideration, for example, by Vermont Citizen, not to mention my point about the Jan 6 committee’s complete disdain for legal due process – is proof in the pudding?

          It’s the sound of crickets from Joe Benning too.

          So… what does Donald Trump ‘sound’ like? Give me something specific and I’ll consider it… in detail.

    • You wrote, “When a politician, like Mr Thayer this past June, is willing to participate in a press conference with those claiming without any evidence that the Ulvade and Buffalo mass murders were “false flag” operations designed by the United States government, something is very wrong.”

      You need to stop saying “without any evidence” in your attempts to discredit others. Just because you are uninformed doesn’t mean there isn’t any evidence. You should educate yourself before opining on a subject you are not conversant with.

      In his 1991 book Behold A Pale Horse, Naval Intelligence Officer Bill Cooper revealed that the CIA has a program to use mentally disturbed kids to commit school shootings with the objective of pushing gun control and disarming us:

      https://www.amazon.com/Behold-Horse-Milton-William-Cooper/dp/0929385225

      https://mobile.twitter.com/VermontCitizen2/status/1530157909308588032

      There are many irregularities in the Uvalde shooting that are indicators of intelligence agency involvement.

      • Thanks Vermont Citizen for this additional information. For those who believe the Uvlade, Buffalo, and the Newtown school horific shootings were part of a United States government plot, it looks like Gregory Thayer is your candidate for Lt. Governor.

        For others of us participating in the Repubican primary, Caladonia County Senator Joe Benning is a better choice for this important office.

        • “For others of us participating in the Repubican primary who wish to bury our heads in the sand and block out all facts when they prove we are wrong, Caladonia County Senator Joe Benning is a better choice.”

          There, I fixed it for you.

  3. https://videos.whatfinger.com/2022/07/19/tucker-asked-if-hes-running-for-president-in-2024-his-response-brings-the-audience-roaring-to-their-feet/

    Here’s a video……..

    This is rich coming from one of the 3 rinos of the Vermont Apocalypse….

    Benning is complete loser and a tool, same goes for Scott and Dame, they are all sell outs to propaganda and lies….

    Gonna shut us down again this fall? little covid scare tactic?

    Why don’t you just declare you love Marxism?

  4. There’s ample video evidence of Capitol Police opening barriers, standing aside, and waving in protestors—who apparently didn’t even have a list of demands or any real objective other than to walk around the place and take selfies, some of which were with the police. Regardless of what laws were broken that day, calling it an insurrection is just plain silly.

    • I prefer to call it Treason by the global criminal syndicate and the belligerent occupiers of our Federal, State and local governments.

  5. Our greatest responsibility as citizens of this great nation is to be loyal to the Constitution. Wise leaders from Washington on down have warned of the dangers of parties and factionism and those who seek or try to hold onto their own political power at all costs.

    The January 6th Committee’s testimony of those under oath, primarily by Republicans includiing those in the Trump administration inside the White House, even though it is not what many of us would want to hear, is a compelling look at an attempt to subvert our election process through means outside of the judicial challenge and review provided by law.

    The arguments for smaller government and more individual responsibility are sound enough to win elections and will provide the means to deal with the challenges we face. Resorting to subverting the Consitution and our Republic must be opposed.

    • The January 6th Committee is an illegally constituted, one-sided Star Chamber and the public is being lied to. Please listen to the other side of this story.

      Capitol Punishment
      https://capitolpunishmentthemovie.com/

      Bloody Hill
      https://rumble.com/v1cn10p-bloody-hill.html

      The Truth About January 6th
      https://rumble.com/v17h6qx-the-truth-of-january-6th.html

      Nick Searcy Interview:
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_B5QRLErHao&

      Chris Burgard Interview:
      https://rumble.com/vprtns-112421-spaceshot76-wjuan-o-savin.html

    • Does anyone grant any credibility to a fraudulent commission that breaks step with 250 years of process of the United States government

      This commission lacks the ability of cross examination of witnesses and the power of the republican party to subpoena witnesses and facts to be presented to the American public.

      This was done purposely to keep the truth from being exposed.

      This is a disgusting display of the democrats and Rinos trying to do anything they can to hold on to the power to destroy America.

      It is disgusting that anyone would have an ounce of support for this atrocity being committed against the American people who fight for our constitution and the rule of law.

      Not one of these people has spoken out about the destruction of America at the hands of these very people attacking our Supreme Court Justices and the open border policy of this corrupt DOJ that is providing open borders for illegal immigration running rampant allowing drugs, rapes, child trafficking, gang members and terrorists to enter America.

      The end result of our open borders and domestic terrorism at the hand of the Democrat Party will continue for years to come. This is destroying the future of America for not only us but generations to come.

      And we all must remember those in the republican party that voted for Biden are perpetrators of this destruction.

      No one in the republican party should be supporting any of the traitors to Vermont and America.

      It is time for Vermonters to stand up and speak out against those that are hell bent on destroying us. That starts with our traitorous governor Phil Scott and his “BROWN NOSING BUDDY” Joe Benning and the rest of the brown nosing RINOS need to be removed from the Golden Dome and be replaced with people that love Vermont and Vermonters.

        • Re: “Please listen to the other side of this story.”

          Isn’t typical of those in denial (or with malicious intent), like Mr. Frietag, that they rarely take anyone up on this challenge?

          Fool me once, Mr. Frietag, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

          Mr. Frietag (and Joe Benning) consistently ‘gaslight’ those who have sufficient reason to believe Jan 6 was a setup, relying on a so-called congressional hearing devoid of due process, without the discovery of exculpatory evidence, and without defensive cross-examination.

          These two, and those who follow their lead, represent the real danger to our constitutional republic.

          • Our educational system is to blame for these people getting away with this nonsense. If we had a good school system in Vermont, we’d know we’re getting bamboozled……

            Well said, very well said.

          • and Joe is an attorney, which would imply he knows what he’s doing….so that doesn’t bode well for his character.

    • It’s only compelling because it’s one sided. No cross examination. Jonathan Turly, liberal constitutional scholar stated that he has never seen such a one-sided show trial like this before. He stated most of the testimony is hear-say and would not stand up in court. John your lectures are getting old. As free-thinking Americans, we are capable of seeing a witch hunt in progress. You are a never-Trumper, we get it. You are a Scott supporter, we get that too.

  6. Let’s view Mr Bennings observations in the simplest possible terms. A cartoon frog is the best reason to vote for him?

    We need serious candidates for serious times..desperate rants like these from Benning show that Greg Thayer is the only real candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

  7. No to Benning and the claim within the article that the Jan 6 events led to the deaths of nine people is a flat-out lie. I’m tired of hearing it repeated, it didn’t happen, never happened, and is totally false. One guy died of a heart attack the next day. If you look up “heart attack”, you’ll find that specific events don’t cause them, another lie. Only one person died that day, shot for no reason, a veteran who served in the Air Force, Ashli Babbitt. Nobody held accountable for that murder.

  8. I voted for Phil Scott the first time he ran, but never again. “Fool me twice . . . ” Phil Scott is not a Republican. He uses the R as a label to further his own political career while not supporting much of the VT GOP Party Platform — or the National Republican Platform, for that matter. When did you ever hear Phil Scott speak well of the VT GOP Platform? I used to think he was a Democrat, but now I think he is a Progressive and a globalist elite wannabe. Joe Benning is just a Phil Scott clone. The true grassroots Republicans in Vermont have been marginalized and kicked to the curb by these two Progressive R’s who sneer at the conservative citizens in the VT GOP. They both simply slap an “R” after their names when they stand for very little contained in the Party Platform. They have their own agenda. Abortion all nine months. Drag queen story hours for little kids. Wokeism. Bashing conservative citizens in their own party. Supporting almost everything the Democrats and Progressives in the Vermont Legislature propose while ridiculing conservative positions. Voting for Biden. Support for Amendment 22, a vile piece of legislation if ever I saw one. Carefully nuanced gun control. From the point of view of this Republican, they are both a disgrace to the Republican Party and ought to go where their hearts are: with the Democrats or Progressives. They will adopt whatever pragmatic policy positions get them elected in Vermont, regardless of the damage they inflict on the state’s Constitution or their own (supposed) Party. If they really feel that way, again, their homes are in either with the D or the P parties. They need to be honest with the voters. They are both sham Republicans. You can never pin them down as to what they truly believe.

  9. The silver lining of the concocted fairy tale of “Jan 6” is a majority of Americans have seen and heard enough to know it was an inside job perpetrated by three letter agencies, RINOs and Dems. Those who cling to the notion that “Jan 6” was some sort of overthrow orcestrated by Trump and his supporters (80+ million) now expose themselves as the enemy of the People. The Devil is a lie and propping up that lie will bring harsh judgement onto them. The criminal syndicate is getting exposed daily – all Glory to God.

  10. “Joe Benning denounces ‘fascist iconography’ and opponent Greg Thayer for Jan. 6”
    Says the RINO,no thanks.

  11. Looks like Joe is pandering to the (I hate Trump) wing of the RINO party. Most everything in the statement above is fabricated, gaslighted and wrapped in BS. This is just a nasty attack on a fellow politician and its dirty. I didn’t say fellow republican because a fellow republican would show more respect and debate his opponent on the issues most hurting Vermonters. My vote goes to Mr. Thayer for the win. Remember as you’re shopping for food to feed your family or filing your gas tank and when the heating oil or propane truck comes this fall to start winter, Joe Benning and Phil Scott voted for Joe Biden. Poor judgement hurts the people.

  12. Greg Thayer was there to see the president’s speech and left right after without being at the capitol. Joe lying and name calling doesn’t work. There was no insurrection and not one person was charged with it.
    You voted for Biden so you’re happy with the results as tainted as they are. That doesn’t mean we freedom loving Trump supporters are. Join the democrat party.
    You said you will vote for Ron DeSantis in 2024; newsflash: he is a conservative and stands for the same principles as Trump does.

  13. “Even President Trump’s closest advisors, his daughter Ivanka Trump, concede nothing ever “stolen”.

    This right here is pure BS.
    True Trump supporters fully understand that Donald Trump was surrounded by vipers and he had almost no one really on his side– we all learned this the hard way, including the President himself.
    Even his own daughter included as a sad disappointment.
    We couldn’t stand Javanka because we know that they are really RINOs AT BEST. (I’m being as kind and respectful of the President’s child as what I can muster up).
    Of course Ivanka would say that, because she knows nothing was stolen because the whole scam is nothing but two sides on the same Uni-Party coin. THEY won and We The People did not. So to her mind of course nothing was stolen *From Them*.. they own it all afterall anyway– they feel.
    So I would hardly campaign on all of this information.
    This man looks foolish saying that..

    • Laura, the debate is one of semantics. Whether or not the election was ‘stolen’ can’t be proven one way or the other… because the nature (and design) of the fraudulent voting procedure prevents anyone from attaining the necessary evidence that any given ballot was cast for Trump or for Biden. Verification is impossible.

      What is undeniable, however, is the fact the many of the even well-intended election officials can’t prove the votes they count were legally cast, be they for Trump or Biden or whomever. It’s the voting process that’s corrupt. And if it isn’t changed, no matter who wins election in the 2022 mid-terms, or in the 2024 presidential election, no one will be able to say for certain that the election was fair and accurate.

      And again, this lack of accountability is surely by design, I suspect by both parties. Otherwise, we’d have a clear, concise, and verifiable process. It’s not rocket science.

  14. Full disclosure, I am working with Mr. Thayer as well as several other Real Republican Candidates who have and continue to fight for Pro Life and Constitutional Values.
    I was the Platform Committee Delegate from Chittenden County and worked with the other Delegates who participated in the process to write the Platform of VTGOP members.
    Mr Benning fought against protections for Health Care Workers that would be forced to participate in abortion on demand and sexual molestation from the State of VT if any Parent or Health Care Worker refused to allow the State of VT to forcibly remove any child that declared they wanted to become a transgender, regardless of age.
    Mr. Benning has voted for Prop 5 twice and at the forum in Rockingham a couple weeks ago admitted he will vote for Article 22 in November.
    Five Republican State Representatives also voted for Prop 5 to advance to the Ballot in November. Governor Scott said he supports it and will vote for it in November.
    Mr. Benning also fought against removing the Tax penalties on the pensions of VT Veterans.
    Mr. Benning has called all the Vermonters that voted for President Trump, White Supremacists and Racists. ( On WCAX Channel 3 in Burlington VT the day after Governor Scott said the same words. at a Press Conference. )
    Mr Benning and the other six people I have named have violated the language of the VTGOP Platfom with their votes for and support of Prop 5. The language is clear ;
    Section 4, line 5, Respect for the inherent value of all human life, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, socioeconomic status, or national origin. We value the sanctity city of life from conception to natural death.
    In the Conclusion of the Platform the language is clear, While individual Republicans may hold diverse opinions in some areas, such differences should not deflect from advancing the principles that unite us as a party.
    By definition, Mr. Benning and the others I have named have done exactly that.
    They have all betrayed their promise to uphold the rule of the VTGOP.
    Mr. Benning has no claim against Mr. Thayers tax returns that were filed with the Secretary of State office in a timely fashion. In fact, JP Isabelle accepted Mr. Thayers forms and said they were good just the way they were.
    Mr. Benning stated that as he has walking off the Stage after a debate with Mr. Thayer in Rutland, that he received a text from Jim Condos, the current Secretary of State.
    When Mr. Thayer asked Mr. Condos if such a text was sent, Mr. Condos denied it happened.
    In fact, Mr. Condos contacted Mr. Thayer a couple days later to say that he did receive a text from Benning asking about these Tax returns.
    JP Isabelle told Mr. Thayer his Tax Returns were fine and he accepted them.
    Mr. Benning continues to push his claims that Mr. Thayer has broken State Law and was a participant in the ” insurrection ” at the Capitol.
    Mr. Thayer, along with many thousands of Americans expressed their Constitutional Right to voice their opinions that day. More proof has been discovered that a great number of people participated in Ballot Harvesting. In fact it is documented in the video from 2000 Mules.
    I introduced two Amendments that would have given the VTGOP membership a method to remove all financial support and any endorsement from Mr. Benning and the other six Republicans I named above.
    They were voted down twice by a two thirds margin. This is the reason I resigned from the VTGOP.
    Chairman Dame and Rules Committee Chair Koch continue to protect and support these seven people.
    So the irony of Mr. Benning pretending he is a Republican isn’t lost on anyone capable of cognitive thought.

  15. Joe Benning is a liar.

    The votes of 80,000,000 Americans were stolen in ‘the real insurrection,’ as President Trump has defined the November 2020 election theft.

    The Biden regime siezed the levers of government by fraud, weaponized them against the people, and is destroying America from within.

    But not only is the Vermont Republican Party not defending the votes of its constituents, they are actively sabotaging them and colluding in their disenfranchisement.

    Republican Governor Scott, Vermont Republican Party-endorsed Senate candidate Nolan, and Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Benning continue to lie to voters – despite abundant proof of multifarious fraud – that ‘Biden won the election,’ ‘there was no fraud,’ ‘only legal votes are being counted,’ ‘it was a free fair and legal election,’ ‘January 6th was an insurrection,’ ‘Donald Trump is the past’ and ‘it’s time to move on.’

    President Trump said in a speech, ‘I just want to say the United States of America will not tell you how to live, how to think, what to do. You will not be bossed by incompetent, dishonest, disgusting politicians, by Big Tech tyrants, by Left wing bullies, or anybody else. We are born free. We will live free.’

    RINOs who legitimize Biden election fraud personify the ‘incompetent, dishonest, disgusting politicians’ President Trump was speaking of. They lie, gaslight conservative voters, and collude in their disenfranchisement.

    http://www.VermontCitizen.com is a project to empower voters with facts and truth because ‘we will not be bossed by incompetent, dishonest, disgusting politicians’ like Joe Benning.

    Vermont Citizen Media
    #SaveAmerica

    • Good for you Vermont Citizen.. you nailed their dirty little secret..
      These “Republicans” don’t really want to win, what they really want to limit the massive bloodbath that the Democrats know they are going to be seeing at the Mid-Terms.
      We need to sort out our real candidates and then these tools for the Left.

      Who in their right mind would vote to freeze and starve?
      And the smart people know that freezing and starving is only the beginning.
      We are going to be seeing one heck of a deep recession coming and that means the lack of demand is going to cut a whole lot of jobs- and THIS when people are already in trouble.
      Then we’ll deal with this real estate bubble bursting, houses will be back underwater again and that means another mortgage crisis..
      We all know the routine.. since I’ve seen this show twice now in my lifetime- as many others have as well.
      Now who on earth would vote for this?
      So yeah, they are trying to limit the Democrat disaster as best they can.

      We had darn well better hope we can find people to elect that have the intelligence and the REAL Experience to navigate us out of this disaster these masked Covidians brought upon the entire world. And yes, Biden voters did cause a tremendous amount of pain world wide.
      When American goes down the drain, so goes the world.

  16. Summer of 2020 antifa and BLM burned down America’s once great cities and Joe Benning and the rest of the establishment Republicans in Vermont stood silent. No words of condolences or sympathy for all the police that died or were injured during that summer of violence.

    • Stew,
      What an excellent point to make.

      Why is it Benning, who is in favor of the most disgusting activity in America, the slaughter of the UNBORN, would attempt to attack his opponent with total disregard for his constitutional rights?

      What gives Joe Benning the right to try to disgrace Vermonters and Americans who know fraud took place in the presidential election and it slowly being exposed.

      If Joe doesn’t believe fraud took place why isn’t he leading the charge to verify the elections?

      It is because Joe Benning has nothing positive to use to promote himself as a republican.

      Joe Benning is a disgrace to the VT GOP. He is the Adam Schiff of the republicans in our beautiful state. He makes these crazy statements hoping uninformed people will believe his lies.

      He makes these statements because he has nothing to offer that is beneficial to Vermonters.
      He says these things about the REAL REPUBLICANS in VT while on Twitter he makes statements of admiration of Becca Balint, a progressive running for congress, who also despises everything Republicans stand for.

      I have spoken with Joe on a couple of occasions and he is full of hated for Vermont and Americans who do not hold his progressive viewpoints.

      He has made it very clear that he has no problem violating the constitutional rights of the hard working, law abiding taxpayers in Vermont.

      He has also blocked me on Twitter so I don’t have the opportunity to expose him for his lies.

      Joe is another person who slithered into Vermont to help destroy our beautiful state.

      I’m voting for Greg Thayer.

      We need to stop the destruction of our state at the hands of these destructive RINOS that have infiltrated our party.

      We need to find out why Secretary of State Jim Condos made contact with Joe Benning after the debate in Rutland and what initiated that contact.

      Stop making up stories about Greg Thayer and tell us the truth, as challenging as that may be for you.

  17. Was Mr. Thayer charged with insurrection which is a specific crime? Were any of the Jan. 6th defendants charged with insurrection? The 2020 election if anything was unconstitutional as at least five states did not follow the election law as prescribed by their state legislatures. JOE BENNING YOU ARE NOT A REPUBLICAN. YOU ARE A FRAUD AND A LIER.

    2000 Mules – There was no election fraud?

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