In Wisconsin, voters ignore GOP candidate’s tie on Jan. 6
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Derrick Van Orden was among thousands of people who traveled to Washington for the “Stop the Steal” rally led by then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021. Afterwards, Van Orden was photographed on or near the grounds of the United States Capitol, where rioters violently breached the building in one of the darkest days of American democracy.
Now Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL endorsed by Donald Trump who says he didn’t participate in the riot and set foot on Capitol grounds, looks set to win the U.S. House seat held since 1997 by retired Democratic Representative Ron Kind. Voters in Wisconsin’s Southwest District say they are more concerned about day-to-day economic issues than what happened on Jan. 6.