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Donald Trump needs to be held accountable

[Former] President Donald Trump started the barrage of unproven claims of voter fraud immediately after he lost the election. The claims were debunked many times all the way to the Supreme Court but unfortunately, many of his followers believed him and heeded his call to come to Washington on Jan. 6, when the electoral votes would be counted by Congress.

In a rally on Jan. 6, Trump again made his baseless claims of a ‘rigged election’ and whipped up his followers to march to the Capitol and protest, disrupt, ‘be strong.’ Afterwards he was observed in the White House being delighted when the mob breeched the outside barriers and stormed through the doors and windows in one our most revered buildings. The riot left five dead, including a Capital police officer from injuries sustained while confronting the armed crowd and a protester shot by a police officer as she attempted to break down doors leading to the interior room of the Capitol building.

For the past four years, I have watched President Trump behave more and more like a Hitler or a Stalin. He has recruited thugs to bully and intimidate anyone who disagreed.

Like Hitler, Trump knows how to whip his audience to a furor. And has stoked violence in our nation and has not made “America Great Again”; in fact, he has diminished our democratic ideals.

On Jan. 6, I watched the Confederate flag being marched into the Rotunda of the Capitol; there was also a man wearing a shirt with “6MNE” (6 Million Was Not Enough), referring to the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis. Another thug wore a shirt with words from the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. These are the kinds of people Trump wants around him — he is a neo-Nazi himself.

Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for his un-American, treasonous acts on January 6, and for other crimes against the people of America. He is responsible for the deaths of five Americans and, at the least, should pay for all the costs related to the mayhem instigated by him. America need to be rid of the most dangerous president in our history.

MICHAEL TIBBETTS

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