Blackburn and Hagerty issue statement on Capitol riot

Tennessee Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty have issued a joint statement on Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol:

Yesterday was a shocking day of lawlessness. We watched in horror as rioters breached the security of both Houses of Congress and inflicted significant property damage upon those historical halls.

Our Republic will rise above the chaos that ensued yesterday in the Capitol. These violent assaults on our democratic processes threaten to unwind the fabric of this country. As Americans, we must unite in our commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law.

We are grateful for the heroic law enforcement officials who helped restore peace, allowing us to complete our work. Last night we reconvened with our Senate colleagues to fulfill our constitutional duty to certify the 2020 election results and prepare for a peaceful transition of power. On January 20th, we will prove to the world that America is still the shining city on the hill.

107 Responses to Blackburn and Hagerty issue statement on Capitol riot

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    Sue Allen says:

    I don’t condone violence, but people in Government need to know the American People are getting feed up. We Conservatives put Republicans in office to stand up and fight for us. You people do not have our best interest at heart, especially the Republicans that have made a career out of taking our tax dollars, putting it in their pockets and giving nothing in return except side with the Democrats. We are tired of all the people that are all talk. As far as the violence on Capital Hill, I bet if you take the facial recognition information that is there you will find out those that stormed the Capital were paid ANTIFA. We put you in office not to tow the Democrat line but to stand up for us.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Sue Allen, I will take that bet.

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        steve cates says:

        I will take the bet, too!!! As you, Sue Alen, are “feed up”, then so am I. I am FED up with people like you spreading foolish conspiracy ideas about who caused the trouble two days ago in D. C. By trying to deflect attention away from those who did the damage to our capitol building and to our republic you become a huge part of the problem against which you rail!! You also show the same when you push this nutty Blackburn to be MORE like those who were so destructive. I am so sick of my fellow Tennesseans, like you, who are so pervasive. You have created a state that is advertised to the world as “low pay, no union, low tax”, which leads to the poor medical care provided, weak education system and weak infrastructure and on and on and on.

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        mike swafford says:

        Me to, Sue

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      Perry Aubric says:

      You are a damn fool and a liar. These were Trump supporters, Trump invited them, Trump told them to go to Capitol Hill, and they tried to negate a free and fair election. Your lies about an imaginary “antifa” won’t work anywhere but on your looney tunes conspiracy theory websites. Crawl into your hole, you un-American traitor.

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        Dr Byron Bush says:

        Perry… Why would you resort to vicious name-calling and personal attacks of someone, simply because their opinion differs from yours. Yes, as Conservatives we want those we’ve elected to represent us. But more than that, we want the TRUTH… the WHOLE TRUTH to be exposed… of the ELECTION… and of Wednesday’s events and WHO was involved. I too was disappointed in Marsha and Bill for pulling their support of an open and honest investigation of voter fraud and whether it usurped the will of the people. Let’s seek the TRUTH together… or do you have something to hide?

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          Perry Aubric says:

          Thank you, Byron. Help from a perennial fringe candidate is unnecessary, though.

          There was no voter fraud. That is a lie. The courts threw out 62 suits. The Supreme Court unanimously refused the suits. Temper tantrums from a man baby lunatic in the White House does not constitute truth. Brietbart comments section conspiracy theories and lies from idiots like Sue Allen have no merit. Just repeating lies and brainwashing MAGA morons holds no water in court or in reality.

          Enough. Get a grip Byron. Face reality. Trump lost. He lost big. It wasn’t even close. Either you believe in a free country or you support Trump’s authoritarian power grab. Choose.

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          MARLE says:

          Were you calling for the Truth about the 2017 tax cuts. Did they “simplify the code”? Did they not benefit as Trump said “won’t benefit people like me, not one penny”? Did they pay for themselves with “loophole closures”. All LIES. The tax code of 2017 was something we would live with for quite a while and for many of us it is Not inconsequential. Did you care about those lies.

          Here’s another one for you: INfluence Peddling . This is a problem citizens have with their elected officials. Hillary, Hunter are only a few out of many. Trump and his ALL REP House and Senate could have closed the door on this. Trump ran on investigating Hillary (Remember Lock her UP?) and after the election decided to do Nothing about any of this.
          Were YOU upset and that 5 month day and night LIE?

          You can’t condone lying about important things and then all of a sudden praise the liar for wanting to get to the “truth”.

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      John M Hames says:

      As it turns out, the invaders were indeed radicals NOT TRUMP SUPPORTERS. The Capitol invasion was taking place while President Trump was still speaking 45 MINUTES away. Yes it takes 45 minutes to walk from the Ellipse to the Capitol building.

      And law enforcement has now reported that the invasion was prepared well in advance. Is was not an impromptu happening. Just like Benghazi. It was planned by Antifa or other anti government types,,, not Trump supporters.

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      Donna Smith says:

      Sue Allen, I too am an American. Your claim that those who “stormed the Capitol were paid ANTIFA” is a continuation of the unproven, outrageous claims Donald Trump has vomited into the ears of voters like you. I am extremely sorry your elected leader for the last four years was someone who lied to and manipulated you. Your beliefs, which are extremist, are not shared by a majority of Americans. And this country was founded on free speech. Like it or not, talk is needed. But extreme actions (like the ones on January 6) are not needed. I hope one day soon your “call to action” will be to talk in a reasonable, truthful manner. Put aside the blame and animosity. It is hurting you and others. Sincerely and best wishes.

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    James White says:

    Flip-Floppers

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    Ann says:

    Too little, too late!!!

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    Susan Patriots Reborn says:

    Never an excuse for violence or terrorism, but the GOP wimped out one too many times!

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    cindy s says:

    now we see who has backbone to stand for our nation of freedom. You know this was a set up. Senators Blackburn and Hagerty: Voters and GOD will not forget this absurdity and your abandonment of our president and Tennesseans. We are deeply disappointed. But we do not fear because all this will be revealed soon. God is expanding the audience, nationally and internationally and then just watch

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    Tamika says:

    Regardless of this statement release those were your friends and family running ruthless and being domestic terrorist! You both still have blood on your hands!

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    Birchall Barnes says:

    Senators Blackburn & Hagerty are complicit in inciting this insurrection & it is not the last we will see of this type of behavior, as long as conspiracies are carelessly supported as FACT. Parroting the conspiracies of a group of disenfranchised citizens instead of bringing light to the TRUTH. Vote them out!! Loyalty to a man & NOT the Constitution Is a failure to fulfill your oath. Bring education & job opportunities to those disenfranchised citizens instead of feeding their fears!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Indeed, “. . .it is not the last we will see of this type of behavior. . . .” so long as rioting, looting and vandalism are widely tolerated, and even worse excused and rationalized, in places with liberal mayors and, even worse, both liberal mayors and liberal Governors. This is the cancer that has been eating at our country over the last six months. Thinking that violence will forever be an allowed and even encouraged pastime of only the left while the rest of America will simply passively watch is one of the many delusions our liberal opinion leaders have been operating under.

      Lawlessness must be punished and punished severely enough to act as a deterrent. If we need more jails because we have allowed the cancer of unpunished lawlessness to go on for too long so be it. We have to stop accepting the cock-and-bull stories justifying violence, whether concerning “stolen elections” or “institutional racism” against any group other than Caucasian males below the age of 40. Are we capable of doing so any more?

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        The Democratic Party is NOT the one that is inciting the people to take up arms and get on with a new civil war – that is ALL on the republicans. Trump has been preaching violence and his right wing followers that were “standing by” were instructed by him (with the support of many of the top republican leaders) to march on our Capitol.

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        MARLE says:

        Looting was NOT widely tolerated by the general public. Destruction of private property was NOT tolerated by the general public.

        But there was one Person who cheered on public rioting and Destruction of innocent Privat property. It was our President who every day praised the people of Hong Kong as they destroyed private independent small business, snarled streets of commerce, and worse

        He cheered them on. I always thought….” I wonder if he’ll think destruction of private property is such a good thing if it Happens in US cities”. Of course most didn’t think it was too cool when it happened here.

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        Yvonne says:

        Stuart, I don’t even have to read your comments anymore. I know exactly what you will say. I guess you get to save time by not having to think before you react.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Which pleases me Yvonne so long as you know that what you know so well is more or less the conservative (with a libertarian seasoning) position. Armed with this knowledge you can now differentiate that position with the position taken by, for example, national populists and others. That is good because it is the hallmark of a politically informed citizen and now you can rationally come to your own conclusions.

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    Yvonne says:

    Only when their personal safety was threatened, did they consider the consequences of their actions. Some people, without the security and protections that Blackburn and Hagerty take for granted, have to deal with the consequences of the decisive and inflammatory rhetoric on a daily basis. Now perhaps Blackburn and Hagerty know what it is like to have to face the outrage and anger that lies create. Our Senators should be held to a high level of integrity and responsibility. Yet they feel free to distort the truth, simply for political gain. No one can put this genie back in the bottle.

    I am disappointed that Blackburn and Hagerty do not admit to any culpability in the joint statement, It is just more of the status quo.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      No Trump-supporting Republican has admitted culpability, and none will. They thing that admitting fault is a sign of weakness.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Please don’t be disappointed Yvonne, you should not expect two level headed Senators like Marsha (Heritage-85%) and Hagerty to go around like a couple of morons apologizing for things for which they have no conceivable responsibility even though leftist salivate over people apologizing under exactly those circumstances. The problem, I admit, is partly the fault of those of us on the right. For too long we have given in to the Yvonne’s of the world and “apologized” just to get the Yvonne’s off of our back. After all, mouthing an insincere apology is easy enough and it really doesn’t cost anything except a little self-respect. Of course, acceding to one demand for a stupid apology simply leads to others just as tolerating a bit of rioting, looting, and vandalism hoping to satisfy grievances on the left will eventually lead to more lawlessness with those on the right eventually joining the fun because of other grievances.

      To blame supporters of Trump for the rioting in the Capitol but not liberal opinion leaders for the violence that has taken place in dozens of cities governed by liberals is the type of thinking that turns those on the left on for reasons I can’t fathom. That’s OK. It’s simply nonsensical blather, just so long as leftist’s realize it simply bores everyone else.

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        Cryan says:

        Read the comments from your fellow party members, Stuart. You’re losing control.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Stuart, republicans will lie at the first opportunity, even when it is not necessary. They have proved this time and again. You can believe anything you want about the GOP but the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t live by or appreciate lies and loose trust in anyone that lies to them, especially their elected officials.

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            MARLE says:

            They did lie. They went on social media blaming Antifa. I am no supporter of Antifa but let’s blame them for the things they Actually are responsible for.

            Now that the FBI will identify the people in the massive footage of video they will say the FBI, part of the Deep State is making it all up. Real faces on camera, real identifiable people with real addresses …..but it will all be made up by the Deep State.

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    Eddie White says:

    I guess we will now stop hearing the cries of defund the police from the left. Silence is golden when it comes to the riots in Portland and Seattle.

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      Donna Locke says:

      Eddie, I was sorry to hear about your father. You have my sympathy. My mother’s special cousin died of COVID recently.

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        Donna Locke says:

        As for assaults on law enforcement, I remember looking at the tweets of assorted lefties back when the violence and takeovers from the left began last year. A number, such as Cari Wade Gervin, tweeted, not retweeted, “Defund the police” and “Burn it down.” Burn it down. Think about that. Now they are self-righteously decrying the behavior in D.C. As if.

        I just had to throw that in.

        As I’ve written a number of times, we are too far gone now as a country. The center will not hold. True resistance lies in our control of the money supply as taxpayers. We are funding our destruction.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Indeed, that’s why conservatives should check out 2nd Vote and make sure you are not unnecessarily funding leftist corporations by taking your business where goods and services are what they produce, not left-wing politics.

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    James White says:

    The two Necon Senators will receive Wonderful scores from the Stuart-grading-collective, as All they have to do is vote Against the Democrats.
    It is easy to be a “Conservative” Republican when the Other party has control….

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      In recent years Marsha has been a pretty consistent 85% or so no matter who is in power though I admit she has had some pretty tepid conservative scores in her early terms in the House. Now what remains to be seen is how badly Bill Hagerty likes being a U. S. Senator without a serious primary challenge along with no serious challenge from a Democrat in the general election. WATCH HAGERTY’S SCORE!

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    Yvonne says:

    It must be hard to be a conservative elected official. Those, in the radical fringe of conservatism, who have voted for them believe they should support unfounded conspiracy theories, lie in the face of facts, and be okay with the destruction of government property and democracy itself. I am amazed at how quickly they turn against fellow republicans, if they deviate from the Trump play book. I guess outrage is addicting. Wisdom, deliberation, cooperation, and restraint, are the greatest vices to Trump followers.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Yvonne, bless your heart you have no idea what you are talking about but in times like these sincerity and passion makes up for it. Trumpidians are the ones that “support unfounded conspiracy theories” and they are “national populists” not conservatives because they generally have no problems with big government and budget deficits. They are “turning against fellow republicans [sic]” who are in fact conservatives for that very reason and the fact that they have a very unconservative tic in the fanatical admiration of one man, an admiration that is inexplicable to everyone else. Please don’t call monarchists syndicalists, Protestants Jews, or national populists conservatives because life is confusing enough.

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        MARLE says:

        Can you refer me to just a couple of Marsha’s comments trying to set the record straight on debunking ANY of the conspiracy theories that abound?

        Silence is not Golden, Stuart. It is complicit.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Marsha is a U.S. Senator. I want my U.S. Senator engaging in more important things than “. . .debunking ANY of the conspiracy theories that abound.” Masha has more important things to do and she does so as witness her 85% Heritage score.

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            MARLE says:

            And that is what cost us the White House and the backstop of the Senate. Silence. When you can’t find the words to debunk and dissuade Americans from the crazy notion that Biden is part of a devil-worshiping cult of international pedophiles, then there is Something Really Wrong with you. And it cost those of us who are Conservatives a LOT. thank you marsha and those that fund her

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Thank God the Republicans are out. This is a new time for our nation. Health care for all. Free education for all. Assault guns taken off the street. Thank God. Thank God.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      How about free food. Free Rent. Free admission to Disneyland. Free At Last, Free At Last, Thank God We’re Free At Last! Weeeeeeeeee

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        Cryan says:

        Unhinged. Maybe you can resurrect the Whigs or Anti-Masonic Party, Stuart, since the GOP is dead.

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        MARLE says:

        How about free $2000 for every man woman and child making up to $187K per household? That’s Trump’s idea and I’ll bet since $187K for a family of 3 puts plenty of food on the table that $2000 per person IS IN FACT funding trips to Disney World. FUNGIBLE. That’s what helicopter free money is Stuart.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stuart putting words into others peoples mouth, my my!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      “How about” denotes a question, though I should have placed question marks after each sentence. You’re approach would be to say something like “Beatrice has long been a Trotskyist who never graduated from high school and advocates free food, rent, and admission into Disneyland” never having met, spoken to or known anything about Beatrice.

      Don’t worry Taxpayer you will get the hang of it after awhile. The fact that you have gone this far in life and apparently I am the first one to bring this to your attention is surprising.

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        MARLE says:

        Every Time you imply that Trump’s populist policies for $2000 checks don’t represent free money I will post this:

        How about free $2000 for every man woman and child making up to $187K per household? That’s Trump’s idea and I’ll bet since $187K for a family of 3 puts plenty of food on the table that $2000 per person IS IN FACT funding trips to Disney World. FUNGIBLE. That’s what helicopter free money is Stuart.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP!

          Wasn’t talking about Trump, wasn’t thinking about Trump but you can’t stop. Are your loved ones worried about your TDS? They should be.

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            MARLE says:

            My loved ones don’t financially support enablers of Trump and aren’t responsible for the havoc of the Republican party of the Loss of GA senate race and the balance of power in the US government……. so we don’t talk about Trump. No they are not worried one bit.

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          MARLE says:

          Yes….TRUMP is the one who introduced the $2000 checks. Not republicans, Not his negotiator Steve Mnuchin, TRUMP. And then the Dems said “Good idea”. And put the GA Bobbsie Twins in the crosshairs.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        How easily a conservative can and will twist the words; seems to be a repeating republican trick.

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    Christina says:

    They can’t fan the flames and then curse the fire. Leaders must be willing to speak the truth – they both know their was no widespread voting fraud sufficient to change the results of the Presidential election. I respect the Republican Georgia Governor and Secretary of State for speaking this truth. Now it’s up to our Senators to do the same. Mitch McConnell, a highly partisan leader, spoke the truth to the Senate – finally. This truth needs to be spoken and shared by Tennessee’s Republican leaders – those worthy of their positions need to speak.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Feds are raiding Republican state rep offices right now in nashville.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      All of them? Every single Republican offices in Nashville? Good Lord, Beatrice Shaw has taken over! Good-bye everyone, I’ve enjoyed corresponding with you. Please forward my mail to the Williamson County re-education camp.

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        Yvonne says:

        Do your words drip of sarcasm while you speak, or just when you write? I am wondering if you have huge dry cleaning bills. Sarcasm can leave such hard-to-get-out stains on your suits. When I read you posts I always have to wipe it off my computer screen.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        No, just seven republican representatives in the state house in Nashville, plus any staff members that were involved with former speakers. The FBI raided their offices AND their homes this AM, and confiscated several cell phones in the process. Just more of the usual republican business being done by those hard working, high scoring republicans in our State Capitol.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Fcoukd the antics of Casada’s Cocaine Cade Cothren be catching up?

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    David Collins says:

    Stuart, you continue to try and deflect from this insurrection attempt by referring to prior demonstrations staged for other purposes in other cities. Won’t work my friend. While you continue to point to the demonstrations, particularly the Black Lives Matter demonstrations where violence erupted and some arrests were made, you consistently fail to recognize that NOT ONE Black Lives Matter member was arrested for said violence. Instead, individuals that had NOTHING to do with the Black Lives Matter organization were arrested. Even if that was not the case, the Black Lives Matter episodes were true demonstrations. What happened Wednesday was a coup attempt by a group of radical Trump supporters that were fired up and incited to act by the words of Trump, Giuliani, Trump Jr, Hawley, Cruz and the rest of the traitors who participated in the bogus challenge to the ministerial act of certifying the results of the November election.
    There’s not a scintilla of proof of any massive or systemic voter fraud. Some 60 different State and Federal Courts rejected these claims because the plaintiff’s could not demonstrate any proof. A few were rejected because of lack of standing (like the asinine suit brought by the State of Texas which our ignorant Attorney General joined) but in the others the plaintiffs ADMITTED to the court that they had no evidence.
    What Trump did in inciting the riot Wednesday amounts to treason and all those that chose to support it, even if they went no further than taking the position of supporting the empty challenge effort, are likewise guilty of treason. They should all be removed from office at the very least if not prosecuted.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Good article, David. I would just add that our two enabling senators who joined in the sedition, should resign along with all the rest of the enablers within the GOP – they are easy to spot as they are the ones racing for the emergency exits.

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      Cryan says:

      Yes, Stuart is the biggest snowflake on the Internet. Everything is always someone else’s fault.

      Officer Brian Sicknick is dead because of the Republican Party Terrorist Organization, not BLM.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      Stuart is a pedantic bore. His life seems to revolve around endless repetitive droning-on at this site. He cannot stand any comment not being responded-to, so you can expect a condescending bunch of nonsense from him any moment now.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      1. Nowhere near enough arrests were made relative to the violence perpetrated as liberal mayors told the police to stand down and abandon large sections of their cities to rioters. If the Marxists in the Black Lives Matter organization were not arrested they certainly should have been but the police are a bit shy to arrest Negro demonstrators thanks to the liberal media spreading the false narratives of police badly treating minorities because of their race.

      2. Apparently you differentiate riots perpetrated by people who agree with your political views and those who don’t. Thankfully I don’t have that problem because I think they should all be locked up long enough to make an impression on would be rioters and vandals no matter who they are. Burning and besieging police stations with officers inside and court houses are not demonstrations. I’ve participated in demonstrations where I carried a sign and shouted slogans in a space reserved for those demonstrating without disrupting the traffic or livelihood of any of my fellow citizens. What you are describing are unlawful riots. You have deluded yourself, unfortunately, in trying to differentiate between riots based on your own prejudices. OK. All who agree with your politics will agree with you differentiation, those who don’t won’t. Does this get us anywhere? I don’t think so.

      3. My two morning line favorites for President, Ted Cruz (Heritage-91%) and Josh Hawley(Heritage-92%) were simply trying to follow the constitutional procedures to challenge the election methodology and thus the results. That was their right and, in fact, the commission they wanted to establish was set up once before in our history. Their attempt would certainly have failed but they had an absolute right to do so and those who now want to somehow bootstrap culpability for the riot onto them are behaving in a way that is irrational and serves to have a chilling effect on others trying to exercise their constitutional rights.

      4. Trump is a jerk who was a No Record Candidate patently unqualified on a number of grounds to be President. He has a straight from the shoulder common man style that is in a way refreshing and appealing to tens of millions, but he is also an uninformed blowhard. What he didn’t do is tell anyone to go to the Capitol and commit violence. Those who did so came to Washington determined to do so no matter what Trump said and they should be put in jail for an impressive period of time. Blaming the acts of the least responsible elements of a political movement on the officials of that movement is a neat trick to discredit movements but it certainly doesn’t help preserve our fast disappearing democracy. In fact, it does just the opposite and those of us who have a sincere concern about what is happening to this country should cut it out.

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        Jonathan Swift says:

        Stuart, it is totally expected that you claim Trump didn’t tell anyone to go to the Capitol and commit violence. Does your fantasy world of delusions also offer unicorn rides?

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        David Collins says:

        You say all this about Trump, yet, you voted for him TWICE!

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          And I would do so a third time if I have to choose between Trump and some liberal with a Heritage score below 25%. I am a CONSERVATIVE and I simply have to do what I can to deprive liberals of elective office. I did what I could to prevent Trump’s nomination in 2016, that’s the event that counts.

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            Jonathan Swift says:

            I thought you are a Libertarian. So why not vote for the Libertarian candidate in the last two elections, especially since you know that Tennessee has reliably produced all electoral votes for Republican candidates for years? Your thinking is flawed.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Third party voting is a waste of time and should be avoided whenever possible in our two party system. The Libertarian Party is a resolutely open borders party which disqualifies them from receiving my vote so I vote Constitution Party when the Republican candidate so disgusts me so as to lose my vote. That happened when “Lips” and “Uniter” Bush ran for their second term and when that obnoxious self infatuated John McCain ran for President.

            No Record Candidate Trump was patently unqualified to be President of course but he didn’t evoke anger in me so as to make me not vote for him. I thought his administration would be reasonably conservative and so it turned out to be after you made your way through his idiotic nonsense.

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      Yvonne V says:

      Maybe Stuart would like to offer us the proof, that allows him to so confidently state that the election was stolen from Trump.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Yvonne, with so many voices chiming into this forum it’s difficult to keep track of who says what. I have never said that “. . .the election was stolen from Trump.” That’s a fact question about which I have no way of knowing. What I have been advocating is for the process of challenges to proceed until it was done without the emotional outpouring that accompanied the process being even pursued just because President Narcisistic Blowhard was saying stupid baseless things. I can ignore Trump why can’t everyone else?

        There is a serious element in all of this, however, that all of us who value democracy have to do something about. A combination of the liberal Mainstream Media and Big Tech suppressed stories unfavorable to Biden but never did so regarding stories unfavorable to Trump. A significant portion of the population therefore never heard about those stories that they should have been allowed to consider. No need to go into the details but that’s scary and something has to be done about that in the future.

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          Jane says:

          https://twitter.com/i/status/1348277827276328967

          Who is going to embrace the Trump philosophy now and reign in his base? Oh oops the question is fatally flawed because Trump has no philosophy.

          PS we will all be glad to ignore Trump when he is in prison. Hashtag Benedict Donald.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Jane, somewhere along the line, at home or in government or inexcusably liberal private schools, someone should have told you that this is a democracy, and in a democracy no one should “reign in” any “base” made up of law abiding people, even if you don’t like them. Trump does have a philosophy, it’s called “national populism.

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            Jane says:

            Stuart, is this your national populism?
            “National populism is also known as right-wing populism, national populism, and right-wing nationalism, and borders on fascism. It pretends to be “of the people,” but in fact results when a power-hungry individual (which also means money-hungry) is able to delude the general populace that they are victims of a liberal society (also called “elites”) and that s/he cares about them and, with their support, will fix everything.”

            If you have a better definition please share 🙂

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    Duane Vanhook says:

    I’m not as upset with our Senators decision not to fight what they know was a losing battle, as I am with their ease of reversing their positions. It is easy to be out spoken and attempt to appear as fighting the “noble battle”, but when things got tough, the ease of their changing positions based on political optics is what distressed me. To change from the “fireball” congressman that I once knew, who would always fight for what is right, to a senator hiding in the face of political embarrassment because some misguided individual’s poor decision at our nations capitol building is what hurt me. The incident was wrong on so many levels, but for that to cause our duly elected congressional members to stop fighting for answers to questions that I need as a constituent shows their real lack of commitment.
    I, along with 70+ million other Americans, will never accept this election as legitimate until those questions are answered. No, they are not “unfounded conspiracy theories” as some would like to call them, they are legitimate questions that need a thoroughly investigated answer. Once those questions are fully vetted, and found to be validated, those questions then go away, and the integrity of the American system is again restored. To watch my Senators back away from the demand for those questions to be answered to me is what’s unforgivable

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Indeed, that’s why Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are Presidential material and so many others simply are not.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Not any more!

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Their standing up and standing firm only enhanced their credentials. Trumpidians and conservatives that’s the winning combination for the Republican nomination in 2024.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            No doubt about it, misfits, liars, white-supremists and seditionists, that always makes a winning combination.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Duane, the “legitimate questions” are fantasies that have been discredited by all appropriate officials and courts. You and your alleged 70+ million cohorts are just poor losers. To use a favorite golden oldie conservative phrase, “if you don’t like it here, move somewhere else.”

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        Duane Vanhook says:

        First, nothing that I want to know has been “discredited”. The only thing that anyone has done is count the same old ballots multiple times. That’s useless. Second, sore loser, Not quite. I’m concerned that the process may have been manipulated to determine a preset outcome. If that was the case I want the culprits to be arrested and jailed. If you don’t get to the bottom of this it will happen again. My problem is that no one would even seriously look into the questions. Because of this reluctance to even consider opening up the districts for full audit tends to give the perception that what was certified is inaccurate, and that the local commissioner does not want to be opened up to possible investigation.This not only affected the presidential election, but it possibly affected Senate seats in at least two states as well as several state and local positions. Why would a district in Nevada believe that their election results for a local commissioner were so tainted that they needed a redo but would still certify the results for all other positions? And why would the Pennsylvania legislature believe that theirs was so tainted that they refused to seat on of their own state legislators? There are multiple questions that refused to be answered, and sweeping it under the rug just won’t do.
        What’s done is done, and we will go forward from there, but I still want this independently investigated thoroughly.
        As to leaving, only a coward leaves in the middle of a fight. My ancestors have been here since the 1650’s. Their descendants fought the British at King’s Mountain. We have a long history of protecting the Republic, and I’ll be damned if I will leave because it gets a bit uncomfortable. As they may have said in the late 1700’s, what’s a little revolution amongst friends? (LOL)

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      Jane says:

      What are your questions? I will be glad to look into it for you. Meanwhile maybe you can answer my question. Have we confirmed the mail ballots requested nationwide are reconciled with those received or are there still missing ballots? Many many times we have seen our current administration deflect from their own guilty activities to accusing the opposition. Let’s have full transparency shall we.

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        Duane Vanhook says:

        My questions can only be answered with a comprehensive forensics audit of the districts in question. That audit must show the following.
        1. Is there a legitimate reason that a district can cast more votes that it has registered voters?
        2. Were all voters legitimate voters from the district?
        Were they still alive prior to the time their ballot was received?
        Were they legal citizens and of legal age?
        Were they permanent residents of other states?
        Was their ballot sent to a legitimate residential address?
        3. Were the ballots received sent and returned as per the guidelines set forth by legislative authority of the state from which they were sent?
        4. Were all mail ballots verified as accurate and complete as per the requirements set forth by the appropriate state legislature?
        5. Was there a difference in any printing and or paper types sent to different districts in the state? (Goes to the ability of scanners used to accurately read sort counts)
        6. Were ANY of the machines and pads connected to an outside source via WiFi at any time during the process? And if so, to whom and why?
        7. When USB’s were used to reset errors are those USB’s available.The tally’s must be corroborated by any USB drive used in any machine during the machine.
        8. Was any of the ballots ever outside the required chain of custody at any time during the process?

        If you can “look into this” you are more than welcomed, but there are some things that cannot be ascertained without an independent 3rd party audit team.
        Once this has been clarified and certified I’m good.

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          James White says:

          Excellent questions. … will there ever be an Honest election now that the Insiders have played their hand?

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          Jane says:

          1. Yes
          2. Yes
          3. Yes
          4. Still waiting on TN reconciliation
          5. No
          6. What ??
          7. What ??
          8. No

          The Georgia votes were counted three times including once by hand. There is no evidence of any fraud of any kind in any substantial way. Except for the fact that your president has intercepted mail in ballots and he actually lost way worse. Be careful what you wish for.

          But I guess since the senators still won’t publicly congratulate the new president we will see another insurrection on Inauguration day.

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            Duane Vanhook says:

            Tennessee was not the problem. For the most part our Tennessee officials did a great job. Our Tennessee legislature still demands performance form those in charge of elections in Tennessee. Other states have not been as diligent as ours to insure that their citizens are represented properly. I want to see these questions answered by an independent auditor from those states in question: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona.
            Like I said earlier, if you count the same ballots you get the same results. I want to know that the ballots being counted are legitimate. That didn’t happen in Georgia, and no one would even attempt to allow in an independent auditor to look into the process. They only allowed a sample signature match audit which doesn’t get to the heart of the questions. Testimony was given in their State Legislature investigation of potential wrong doing, but nothing concrete to date has been done as a result of the information presented at those hearings. The Pennsylvania legislature doesn’t even believe in their own results, but where are the answers? Those places are where the answers need to come from.
            I am proud to be a resident of Tennessee, and do have full faith and trust in most of our elected officials to do what’s right for their constituents. Not so much from other places in the country. Because of this I do not mind calling any of them out for not doing what they say they are going to do, when they say they are going to do it, thus back to the original commentary to the article to which this string was directed.

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    Christina says:

    There – not their

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    Dear Marsha and Bill: It’s great to see your hasty attempt at the rehabilitation of your image by deflecting away from your previous support of the fraudulent attempt by your party to undermine a lawful election. At least you had sense enough to withdraw your support at the last minute; your fellow travelers in the House (Tim Burchett, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann, Mark E. Green, Diana Harshbarger, David Kustoff, and John Rose) were not as sensible.

    However, those of us who never joined the Trump Cult, like you and the aforementioned Representatives did, will remember your enabling and encouragement of the worst president in our history…for a long time.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      And I’m sure like always, you will march out of your phone booth in November of even numbered years and vote Democrat. Viva democracy!!!

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        Jonathan Swift says:

        I usually fly out of my phone booth after changing clothes.

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        MARLE says:

        How many Georgias do you want to notch on your belt Stuart? How many? Georgians who were life long republicans were turned off enough by the policy and personal antics of this president and the sycophants who enabled him to Vote for Biden. Educated Republicans did that. MOST of them voted for the Rep Senators but a few did not.
        They were disgusted enough by the enablers that they were not going to send 2 additional like-minded people to the Senate to represent them.

        Add to that the turn-out-the-vote operation and you have a lost party for 6 LONG years.

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    Robyn Mitchell says:

    Marsha you say you fulfilled your duty to certify fraudulent votes? Really? What happened to the Marsha Blackburn that said earlier she would object to the certification? How is that standing up for “WeThePeople”? Betrayal is a word that comes to mind!

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      Perry Aubric says:

      There were no fraudulent votes. Biden won. By seven minion votes. In an electoral college landslide. You are either a liar or a gullible fool. And/or a traitor to America.

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    James White says:

    Robby Starbuck on Twitter: “Matt Gaetz speech was fantastic. 🔥 https://t.co/C4QbVrZ93f” / Twitter

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      Perry Aubric says:

      Matt Gaetz a fascist, lying, un-American traitor.

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        EVEN says:

        OOOOOOO Matt Gaetz (Heritage-87%) must REALLY disagree with Perry and more importantly be effective as well to warrant four super ultimate left-wing words of invective in a seven word sentence. I believe Matt is Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and making Perry that angry is another great achievement for Matt. CONGRATULATIONS MATT GAETZ!

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    Dee Anne Reynolds says:

    Thank you to TN legislators who objected to certify!! So disappointed in the senator flips after the mob event Jan.6. Why give up the fight for truth? The courts had punted on lawsuit technicalities. I understand no courts ruled on the merits of evidence. The main media repeats disinformation saying no evidence. False spin.

    I watched the legislative election hearings on allegations of fraud for many hours, multiple days, by citizens explaining problems they witnessed while working during the election and counts. They signed affidavits. I listened to data /IT analysts explain likely manipulation of the machines. The evidence still needs to be forensically examined so we have faith and the truth of who won.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Dee Anne, your understanding that no courts ruled on the merits of evidence is as false as the rest of your post. A judge can throw a case out of court if no credible evidence is presented. This is what happened, over and over. Your side losing does not entitle you or anyone else to fabricate an alternative reality.

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    Jane says:

    Again:. What are your questions? I will be glad to look into it for you. Meanwhile maybe you can answer my question. Have we confirmed the mail ballots requested nationwide are reconciled with those received or are there still missing ballots? Many many times we have seen our current administration deflect from their own guilty activities to accusing the opposition. Let’s have full transparency shall we.

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