North Carolina Democrat launches Senate campaign comparing Capitol riot to 9/11 attacks

North Carolina Democrat launches Senate campaign comparing Capitol riot to 9/11 attacks


A North Carolina Democrat announced his Senate candidacy by comparing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton announced his candidacy Tuesday for the seat Republican Sen. Richard Burr will retire from after the 2022 elections. Newton was elected mayor in 2017 to the Atlantic coast town of less than 5,000, though the population swells significantly during spring and summer months as a tourist haven.

Newton, a retired Air Force colonel, said in his campaign announcement video that the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol motivated him to run for the Senate.

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Five people died or were fatally injured during the events of Jan. 6: One was a Capitol Police officer, and four were among those who stormed or protested at the Capitol, including one rioter who was shot by police inside the Capitol building. On 9/11, coordinated al Qaeda terrorist attacks resulted

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