Idaho is far from alone in experiencing this type of transaction. This is happening with state and local GOP parties across the country, reflected by the more than 100 right-wing candidates currently running for office as Republicans, and in elections that embrace not only radical ideologies and conspiracies. are but show a penchant for violence. And the horror that always accompanies them. There has been a similar takeover in Oregon before.
But Moon’s sweeping 434-287 victory over the party chair at the convention in Twin Falls on Saturday offers a window into just how radical the Republican Party has become in Idaho — which, he says, is the last “patriot ” Movements have become separate from institutions. Like the Constitution Party and the Populist Party, its politics is run by the John Birch Society.
In fact, Moon’s husband, Dr. John, serves on the Birch Society’s national board. But this is hardly his only connection with the radical right.
Moon is one of the leading figures in a significant group of far-right extremists serving in Idaho legislative office — the third-highest percentage in the state, according to a May study by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR). is Radical legislators in the country (22.86%).
The IREHR study found that Moon belonged to six far-right Facebook groups, including Covid denial groups like Restore Liberty in Idaho, as well as militia/patriot groups like the US Militia Northern Command and the Idaho Freedom Alliance. She is also a member of the Idaho Parents’ Rights in Education group, which heavily promoted this year’s House bill that would have banned transgender transition treatments and criminalized parents who offered them to their children. were taken out of state to receive (later placed in the Senate).
In addition to his hyper-conservative voting record, Moon has been known to embrace radical figures like Ammon Bundy and former Lt. Gov. Janice McGeechin, as well as Bundy ranch personality Eric Parker, who has made two runs for the seat. . Legislative Assembly
While McGeechin and Parker both lost badly in the May 17 GOP primary election to mainstream Republicans, Moon only lost her race for secretary of state to Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane. As part of that campaign, Moon hosted radical Arizona legislator Wendy Rogers at a rally that focused primarily on promoting the “Big Lie” of Donald Trump’s election.
“They stole the election,” Rogers told a May 4 rally in the Boise suburb of Meridian. “We can never give up. This is our country, and we are going to take it back! And we won’t move on to 2022 until we get the truth about 2020.
Moon joined the stage to announce the screening of Dinesh D’Souza’s fraudulent pseudo-documentary about the elections. 2000 mules, Around the state. Moon called Rogers her “new best friend,” adding, “We’re sisters, sisters in the West.”
On Saturday in Twin Falls, he was poised to hold back his loss, as far-right support surged within the ranks of GOP delegates. “The primaries are over, and my heart is strong,” Moon told the crowd after her victory. “And I’m committed to electing Republicans up and down the ticket in November.”
Unsurprisingly, the GOP platform that emerged from the convention was suitably extreme, especially on the hot topic of abortion rights, which delegates voted to eliminate entirely. Some Republicans tried to bring some sanity to the platform Offer a discount For invariably fatal ectopic pregnancies,
“We affirm that abortion is murder from the moment of conception,” the platform reads. “All children must be protected regardless of the circumstances of conception, including those conceived through rape and immorality.” The platform supports decriminalizing abortion and strengthening Idaho’s constitution to protect “the unborn.”
When a group of delegates offered an amendment that would allow procedures involving ectopic pregnancies — which are never viable, and almost always threaten the mother’s life — it failed 412-164. .
Scott Herndon, winner of Panhandle’s District 1 in the May primary against incumbent Jim Woodward, argued passionately against the exemption. He emphasized that in this situation the lives of both the fetus and the mother are of equal importance.
Some Republicans have begun to fight back against the fundamentalist movement in Idaho. His organization, Take Back Idaho, released a statement expressing disappointment with Moon’s rise to the Idaho GOP.
“Dorothy Moon’s election to the Idaho GOP leadership is absolutely disturbing. Moon’s dangerous gallery of associations — which include white nationalists like terrorist Ammon Bundy, militia leader Eric Parker, convicted rapist Aaron Von Ehlinger, and Wendy Rogers — should be disqualified for state party leadership,” the statement said. is “But, fresh off their rightful rejection by Idaho voters just eight weeks ago, Moon and his powerful colleagues are doing what they do best: changing the rules, confronting bigots, and their darkest vision for Idaho. Demanding fidelity to vision. With the election of Dorothy Moon for leadership, the Idaho Republican Party has completely lost touch with the average Idahoan.
Moon’s supporters were apparently not involved in dirty tricks during the campaign. Luna hosted a pizza party for delegates on Thursday called “Pizza and Patriots.” But then someone printed a set of flyers advertising “Pizza for the Hungry” and distributed them at a local homeless shelter. So many homeless families started showing up looking for free pizza.
Kelsey Moseley-Morris explains what happened in Idaho Capital Sun:
Tyler Hurst, a Republican campaign worker who organized a Pizza and Patriots event for Luna, said he was sitting at the hotel where the event was held and saw a child come up to the front desk and ask if this was the place. where they can get Pizza for dinner.
When he realized what was happening, Hurst said he told them there was free pizza for everyone and that it was a town hall event.
“I didn’t want them to feel out of place or embarrassed. These are people who have left their homes behind, and they’re just looking for something to eat,” Hurst said. “I don’t care to be politically punked, but what’s really sad is the situation it put these little kids in.”
Moon called it a dirty trick: “If I’m your chairman, there won’t be a dirty trick,” Moon said. “We will never treat hard-working Idahoans with anything less than full respect.”
However, Hearst was later caught on video confronting a prominent Moon supporter. Many observers believe this man was involved in passing out fake flyers.
And as usual, the politics of intimidation appeared at the convention to silence any dissent. A small group of protesters appeared outside the convention hall on the College of Southern Idaho campus, and were reported to have been threatened and harassed by others, including Eric Parker.
Twin Falls resident Bailey Blake, who attended the protest, said Parker — who is nationally infamous as the man photographed aiming a sniper rifle at federal agents at the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014 — was special. An elderly man was allegedly targeted. The video also shows him physically pushing the man with his torso. When a group of women tried to intervene, he allegedly waved their signs, hitting the women in the face:
[We] Yesterday we had a doctor with us who traveled from Pocatello to protest with us. He was such a sweet guy with some of the best stories I’ve ever heard, and he deserved to have my back as well as a huge shout out during the attack. He was being specifically targeted by Eric Parker as he started to leave the building after the convention ended. There were several reports of our protesters being grabbed and yelled at, with people within an inch of our faces spitting with their phones. I saw a young girl in a cast in a heated confrontation with an old man. He wouldn’t leave her alone, so I went and grabbed Belle and another friend to help me bring her back in case things went south. As we started walking, I noticed that the 71-year-old doctor was also making his way. Low and behold, that pesky vulture Eric Parker started circling too. I saw him in this vets face, too close for comfort. Belle and I walked over and placed ourselves between Eric and our doctor. We held our signs to stop him from spitting on our faces and his face and touching his phone to our faces. At that moment, Eric Parker grabbed both hands and pushed them towards us. What he did do though, was hit him in the face with his phone and break his glasses. He hit my cheek with his other hand and it started to hurt immediately. After he hit and shoved us, he got back in Vets’ face and tried to push him over me with his chest. This is when I had to put my body behind him to prevent him from falling. I remembered someone saying that it was not illegal to throw water on someone, so I emptied my entire water bottle on him. He started yelling that he only hit us because he “thought we had a gun”. At that moment, the older man in the cast who was harassing the little girl came over and grabbed my arm and pulled me out of the way to get Eric Parker out safely while they ran to their cars in the parking lot.
After the convention, Moon issued a statement She seems to alienate the audience with her bloody battle cry. “I have pledged to my fellow Republicans that I will lead our party with integrity and determination,” it read.
One Republican commenter on Facebook, however, refused to forget the first—and overriding—message of the convention. “Screw the cooperation.’ We are in a war to the death with the Left/Communist Democrats. Get tough.”