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Pro-Trump blogger to report to state office

This week, we profile the New Mexicans who were arrested for attending the Capitol Riot on January 6 and where their cases stand now. Today we feature conservative blogger John Block, 24, from southern New Mexico. Block witnessed the riot, but records show he was not arrested. An FBI spokesperson said they could neither confirm nor deny whether they investigated Block. Block’s Facebook page social media posts put him in front of the Capitol on the day in question.

According to his website, Block volunteered for Trump’s 2015-16 campaign. He served as a director of one of Trump’s largest PACs, the President’s Defense Committee, during the 2020 election cycle. In January, he flew to Washington, DC, to attend the protest. Trump who turned violent after a crowd trampled on Capitol Hill. Looking at Block’s social media in the days after the riot, he said, “Keep fighting for our great president. We will NEVER, EVER surrender.

“Independent Journalism” at its Best

Last week on Santa Fe New Mexican introduced Block and his website, The Piñon Post, as “the unlikely conservative voice that pricks the left in New Mexico.” According to Block, The Piñon Post’s mission is to “bring to New Mexico the highest quality independent information and a conservative opinion on current politics and events.” These “independent” headlines include “Welcome to 2022 – the year of the Lizard people” and “State-funded totalitarianism: jabs required for events at the pit” and “A far-left candidate for the city council of the ABQ complains about the pastor’s opposition.

In addition to his work at the Piñon Post, Block is a content editor for the conservative digital publishing site Pop Acta, which describes his work as “publishing information from a conservative perspective so that you can get the information without liberal bias. “. He also worked for Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion policy group in Washington. He holds an MBA from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

Policy plans for the future

Block told the New Mexican that he comes from a long line of politically active Democrats in northern New Mexico. Following these lines, Block plans to run for State House District 51 in Alamogordo, but as a Republican. He has launched his political campaign and will likely run against outgoing Republican Rep. Rachel Black for the seat.

Block’s Facebook campaign page repostes most of its stories from The Piñon Post, with more personal comments dating back to the days of the Trump campaign. Some messages are aimed at Democrats like Representative Liz Thompson (D-Bernalillo), whom he called “ugly inside and out.” Others call Governor Lujan Grisham a “gooey, hypocritical troll.” If elected, voters would have no doubts about Block’s take on COVID’s public health mandates, as he calls the masking of children “child abuse.” He also refers to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus”.

The general election for the New Mexico state legislature is held on November 8, 2022. The paper. has reached out to Block for comment on this story, but has not had a response at time of posting.


Tierna Unruh-Enos

Tierna Unruh-Enos is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of The Paper.