Nothing excuses the assault on our capitol. But the assault on our capitol does not excuse anything else, either.
The scenes from the capitol on Wednesday were heartbreaking. And the actions by those who desecrated this symbol of freedom and governance by, and of, the people, was inexcusable.
Voter fraud and the blatant disregard of election laws by officials in battleground states did not justify the capitol riots during a Donald Trump rally. But those riots do not excuse voter fraud and violations of the Elector’s Clause of the Constitution.
The pressure to “shut up” about election integrity will be strong, with those daring to speak up shamed and blamed. What happened in D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021, however, did not erase the problems with the 2020 election. And Trump’s rhetoric, hyperbole, and unsupported claims of election fraud do not diminish the legitimacy of concerns over myriad voting irregularities, including, yes, claims made by Trump’s lawyers in litigation.