GOP Election Losers Are Getting Even Weirder on Twitter

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A month after losing his gubernatorial election, Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano was tweeting pictures of what he implied were suspicious clouds.

“Over Franklin County today,” Mastriano tweeted on Sunday, above four pictures of airplane trails across the Pennsylvania sky. He followed up with a link to an article about proposed future plans to study the effect of artificial clouds on climate change. The tweet appeared to be a nod to the “chemtrails” conspiracy theory, which right-wing candidates have previously disavowed under electoral pressure.

With the 2022 midterm elections behind them, some failed candidates have leaned into less electorally friendly messaging, from chemtrails to antisemitic conspiracy theories to (in the case of one candidate who didn’t make the November ballot) a call for “bullets” against political foes. It’s a questionable choice in tone, particularly after an election that saw Americans broadly reject the right’s most extreme candidates.

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