Trump, congressional enablers not alone in blame

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After watching the news and reading the headlines, it is obvious that most people blame President Trump and his enablers in Congress for the Jan. 6 insurrection in the Capitol. 

Yes, they are to blame for inciting the violence by repeating lies and refusing to follow our statutory or constitutional laws. But nowhere did I hear blame given to the 73 million voters that gave these people the power to do the damage that they did for the last four years. Wednesday's riot was a not-surprising culmination of four years of condoning illegal acts.

   In the 1960s, Donovan released a song titled "Universal Soldier" in which he blames those who carried out murderous orders in the name of their nations. Voters for Trump are to blame for the disasters that occurred during the last 4 years.

   Seventy-three million voters also have blood on their hands for our lack of a national response to COVID that made America the most disease- ridden nation on the planet. We are approaching the number of deaths equal to those lost in World War II. 

These voters need to accept the fact that the South lost the Civil War (plenty of Confederate flags could be seen in the riot), that the Reconstruction period was meant to teach all Americans the ideals of our founding and that our Constitution is the law of the land.

Jan Goldberg

Riverside

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Mark Winston  

Posted: January 15th, 2021 2:24 PM

This rambling cruel attack on Trump Voters isn't backed up with any facts, but I will try my best to deconstruct. 1) "After watching the news and reading the headlines, it is obvious that most people blame President Trump and his enablers in Congress for the Jan. 6 insurrection in the Capitol" Yes, if you watch the main media outlets, I agree that the MEDIA blames President Trump and Republicans in Congress for the insurrection, but not "The People". Many people believe that Trump never did incite violence, which is likely why we don't see videos of him doing so on the news. 2) "[Trump Voters] are to blame for inciting the violence by repeating lies" Repeating Lies? What lies exactly? You don't say so we can't fact-check them together. But if you are alluding to Voter Fraud yes there was evidence of it (1000+ affidavits, data expert research, plus video evidence) which continues to come out and Trump has a right to argue his case. 3) "Voters for Trump are to blame for the disasters that occurred during the last 4 years" What disasters exactly? Again, nothing here we could fact-check. But last I looked the stock market was at an all-time high, and we were not in any news wars. Also, up until COVID Black and Hispanic employment was at an all-time high, and the election showed that he gained much support from these communities. 4) "Seventy-three million voters also have blood on their hands for our lack of a national response to COVID... We are approaching the number of deaths equal to those lost in World War II" This is pure speculation that if someone other than Trump was in office that our COVID death rates would be lower. Who's to say it wouldn't be higher? I recall Trump being called a racist and was opposed by Democrats for shutting down travel from China. They were impeaching him while they should have been focused on COVID. Also, the statement about deaths is insulting. In 2020 we had no more % of total deaths than any o

Rita Kuzmenko  

Posted: January 13th, 2021 5:23 PM

Sadly, many of these voters vote Republican because they misguidedly believe the party platforms of a bygone era. What we saw and the speeches we heard on 1/6/21 is the party's current platform. Pure obedience to a fascist, evil, mentally deranged, leader.

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