It was an insurrection. It’s high time to stop spreading Trump’s lies :: WRAL.com


CBC Editorial: Thursday, January 6, 2022; Editorial # 8727
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company.


This date, January 6, joins September 11 and December 7 as indelible marks on the history of the United States.

This date in 2021, like those of September 2001 and December 1941, marks unjustified and unjustified attacks from outside and inside, against America, its Constitution and the freedom and people it represents.

Those in Congress or in elected and legislative positions in North Carolina – who deny, equivocate, or condone the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol as anything other than a violent act to disrupt and overthrow a fair election – laugh at their sacred oath of office. What they need to do is refute the lies recounted by former President Donald Trump and condemn the insurgent actions of January 6.

Across the country, state after state, legitimate audit after audit, there are certain undeniable facts: no vote was counted that should not have been; Joe Biden received 7,060,347 more votes than Donald Trump; and Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes and Trump only 232.

Yet in North Carolina – where NO ONE has suggested there had been election irregularities that raised legitimate questions about the winners – almost every senior Republican or GOP official is parrots Donald Trump’s big lie.

Surprisingly in one of the closest national elections in history – for the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court which was won by Republican Paul Newby by a only 401 votes (0.007% of the 5.4 million votes cast in the race) – the candidates accepted the results of the race as correct and legitimate. No electoral fraud. No stolen election.

At the State GOP convention in Greenville last June Trump called baseless the 2020 presidential elections “the crime of the century” adding “what happened in this country during the last elections is a shame”. He repeated a series of lies about voter fraud and said he was “not the one trying to undermine American democracy.”

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, a 27-year-old Republican in Congress, told the truth a year ago when he said, “The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the baseless conspiracy theories that have led to this point. It is high time to accept the will of the American voters and allow our nation to move forward.

We are there, a year later. Sixteen North Carolina lawmakers joined 200 nationwide in signing a November 23 letter that continues to call for the 2020 election to be quashed and perpetuates the myth that “fraud and inaccuracies have already been demonstrated” and the elections have been “certified prematurely and incorrectly ”.

The actions of a year ago on Capitol Hill in Washington were not playful gestures in a political chess match. It was a violent act of rebellion. The assault was “one of the worst days of injuries to law enforcement in the United States since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Insurgents rampaged through the halls of Congress, threatening the lives of lawmakers, assaulting police and others while ransacking and looting. About 140 police officers from the Capitol and local police were injured. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick was killed.

Those who perpetuate and peddle Trump’s election lies like 16 people who signed the November 23 letter are not patriots and should not be claiming such a thing. They are anti-American insurgents.

Those who subscribe to the lies and lies peddled by former President Donald Trump and his supporters have nothing to do with Congress and should resign. Their support for a violent effort to block the orderly conduct of the affairs of our democracy is clear evidence of their lack of suitability for office.

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