Former President George W. Bush said the mob ascent on the US Capitol Wednesday afternoon was "a sickening and heartbreaking sight."
"This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic," said the former President. "I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement."
Bush was referring to the decision by several US Senators and multiple GOP members of Congress to object to the Electoral College votes from several states where President Trump and his supporters alleged fraud in the November 3rd election, although they failed to produce any evidence that was acceptable to courts that might overturn the election.
Our article reported that 9th District Representative Virginia Foxx and 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry had not issued a statement on how they might vote on the objections, and that NC Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis had indicated they would vote to accept the Electoral College votes rather than side with those who would object.
The article prompted multiple Facebook comments from area residents who said they'd vote against Burr, Tillis, McHenry & Foxx in future elections if they didn't join in the pointless protest.
On Wednesday afternoon, protestors stormed the Capitol, some breaking windows, others climbing walls, as their protest in support of Trump and the objections turned violent.
Senator Tillis issued a statement Wednesday before the violence began:
“The American people should have full faith in our election system, which is why I led the passage of voter ID legislation in North Carolina and why I supported President Trump’s right to call for recounts and bring challenges to the courts. I share the concerns of many Americans regarding the lack of security of widespread mail-in voting and the partisan actions of activist Democratic lawyers who succeeded in making questionable changes to the voting process while Americans were already casting their ballots. Even if it wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the election, irregularities and fraud are never acceptable and they should be investigated and prosecuted when appropriate.
“The Framers of our Constitution made it clear that the power to certify elections is reserved to the states, not Congress. Refusing to certify state election results has no viable path to success, and most importantly, it lends legitimacy to the Left’s stated policy objectives of completely federalizing elections and eliminating the Electoral College. Congress should not overstep its Constitutional authority by overturning the results of states and the will of American voters, especially absent legitimate requests from states for Congress to intervene. It is a precedent we should not set."
We have been told--but cannot confirm--that some from Lincoln County were among the mob who went well beyond a protest and became an insurrection on Wednesday. If so, shame on you!
We would have been appalled to see what happened Wednesday in another country, but this time, it was in the capital and at the Capitol of the United States of America.
Many have raised the question (and we think legitimately), had the protestors--the mob--been black instead of white, would the response by police have been different?
There are some serious issues that need to be addressed by those who supported President Trump and his unproven claims about the election. Former President Bush was right--"Our country is more important than the politics of the moment."