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Reader's View: Capitol riot was not ‘legitimate’ or ‘discourse’

The resolution claimed “persecution” of “ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

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I am pleased that at least some national Republican leaders objected to the language of a recently approved Republican National Committee resolution which censured two U.S. Republican representatives for their participation on the Jan. 6 Select Committee. The resolution claimed “persecution” of “ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

It is disheartening this language has not been met with universal condemnation. At the time of this writing, I can find no such disagreement with the resolution from the Minnesota GOP or 8th Congressional District Rep. Pete Stauber.

Those who provoked or participated in the events leading to and/or culminating in the actual attack on the Capitol were not engaged in “legitimate political discourse.” Physically attacking and incapacitating Capitol police and chanting for the vice president to be hanged was not “legitimate,” let alone “discourse.”

Seeking to have federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security or the Defense Department, seize states’ voting machines was not “legitimate.”

Creating and participating in a coordinated effort to submit false, illegitimate electoral votes to Congress (mimicking, where possible, the legal procedure for electoral votes, in an attempt to seem legal) was not “legitimate.”

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To coordinate delays on Jan. 6, 2021, in an attempt to prevent the peaceful transfer of power and to throw the election decision to a group which would run counter to the election results from voters and electors, was not “legitimate.”

Those who fail to reject the language of the GOP resolution contribute to the Big Lie, created by the former president long before the 2020 election and which is still being promoted by him and his supporters. The claims are often ludicrous. Worse, continued misrepresentation further erodes trust in elections, past and future.

To stand by silently is not legitimate behavior.

Eileen Zeitz Hudelson

Duluth


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