MP Ted Lieu (R-CA) on Saturday beat up Republicans for promoting more political violence in the country's capital by refusing to accept the very simple truth that Joe Biden won the presidential election last November rightly won.
Democratic lawmakers said the GOP could reduce the threat of violence by simply admitting that the elections were not against Trump.
"All they have to say is a simple, truthful sentence: the election was not stolen," said Rep. Lieu. "Refusing to say so is why we still have National Guard forces in body armor patrolling our Capitol today."
“There is a way for Republican leaders to reduce the risk of further political violence. All they have to say is a simple, truthful phrase: the election was not stolen, ”@tedlieu said. pic.twitter.com/52ESTcfeEk
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) February 27, 2021
Ironically, one of my wife and I's favorite TV shows was Designated Survivor, and that was the scenario. And now we're seeing fiction become a reality, and it's unfortunate that we have all this political violence. There is a way for Republican leaders to reduce the risk of further political violence. All you have to do is say a simple, truthful sentence: the election was not stolen. Refusing to say so is why we still patrol our Capitol today with National Guard forces in body armor.
Trump GOP election lies cost Americans their lives
It is no exaggeration to say that Donald Trump's election lies, which have reinforced many Republicans, were deadly.
The American people witnessed the aftermath of those lies when the attack on the Capitol took place on January 6 and five people died. Now the nation's capital looks more like a war zone than a place where people's business is conducted.
If Republicans really want unity and bipartisanism, they can first simply acknowledge the reality and admit that Joe Biden is a legitimately elected president.
They will pose an ongoing security threat as long as they refuse to do so.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.