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Politics After Violence at the Capitol, Congress Must Ensure Election Integrity | Opinion

14:57  20 january  2021
14:57  20 january  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, 51, dies days after riot; remembered as 'selfless,' 'kind'

  Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, 51, dies days after riot; remembered as 'selfless,' 'kind' Howard Charles Liebengood, 51, was a 15-year veteran of the Capitol Police. He was on duty during the Jan. 6 riot, but it's not clear if that was related to his death.Howard Charles Liebengood, 51, was assigned to the Senate Division and had been with the Capitol Police since April 2005.

After the despicable acts of violence in our Capitol building, it is hard to imagine a worse moment to undermine hopes for political stability in our nation. Democrats, big tech and the media are doing exactly that, however, despite president-elect Biden's call for unity. They are tarring the 74 million Americans who cast votes for Donald Trump as insurrectionists and silencing legitimate dissent. They are also pretending that Republicans who want to repair our broken election system incited the unforgivable violence in the people's house on January 6th.

A voter walks to a booth to fill out their ballot at Public School 160 on November 3, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. © David Dee Delgado/Getty A voter walks to a booth to fill out their ballot at Public School 160 on November 3, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Unlike Democrats who justified the violence and rioting this summer by explaining that "a riot is the voice of the unheard," Republicans in Washington and around the country expressed near-universal condemnation of the violence and mayhem at Capitol Hill—and they did so without hesitation. Several rioters and a police officer were killed. Dozens of law enforcement officers were beaten and injured. The lives of Democratic and Republican elected leaders were threatened. The shining symbol of American unity, the Capitol building where both parties come together to govern, was desecrated. It was a sad day for all Americans, not just those of us who work there.

More than half of Americans believe Trump should be removed before Jan. 20, according to poll

  More than half of Americans believe Trump should be removed before Jan. 20, according to poll A poll published Sunday by ABC News/Ipsos found that 56% of respondents believe President Donald Trump should be removed from office before Jan. 20.The poll, published Sunday by ABC News/Ipsos, found that 56% of respondents support his removal prior to Inauguration Day and 67% blame Trump for the attack on Jan. 6, which forced lawmakers to flee their chambers and left five dead.

Yet Democrats have decided to salt the ground on which they pledge to grow political stability. Though we should respect their resolve to prevent political violence, they are not stopping with that goal.

Big tech, the news media and the Democratic Party have come together to de-platform not just violent voices, but 20 million Parler users. They've kicked Republicans who called for stability out of the tech-monopolized public square, while providing a platform for Iran's Ayatollah to spew anti-Semitism and hate. They've proposed adding two Republican U.S. senators to the no-fly list, as if they were terrorists. They are campaigning to get peaceful Americans who disagree with them fired. They propose to impeach the departing president—not to remove him from office, since he is already leaving, but to keep him around and in the news. They want America to stay divided. After all, Biden's campaign was about Donald Trump, not the Democrats' own agenda. They are even mobilizing corporate America to withdraw its support of Republicans who are working to stop socialism and ensure that our broken election process regains respect.

Capitol Police officer being hailed as a hero for drawing angry mob away from Senate floor

  Capitol Police officer being hailed as a hero for drawing angry mob away from Senate floor Officer Eugene Goodman drew an angry mob away from the entrance to the Senate floor as rioters smashed their way into the US Capitol on Wednesday.In viral video from the scene, the officer is seen glancing to his left and notices the unobstructed hallway to the Senate as he was chased up a flight of stairs. The officer, identified by CNN as Eugene Goodman, at first tried to block an open door before realizing he was alone and being pursued.

Partially due to the Covid-19 pandemic, much of our country rushed without preparation to universal mail-in voting last year. In the process, we blew away some long-standing laws, procedures and constitutional requirements that guarantee fair elections. The thrown-together process in Pennsylvania, for example, may have violated the state constitution. Since the 19th century, that constitution has required all votes to be cast in person, with narrowly defined exceptions. Nevertheless, for 2020, the Pennsylvania legislature voted to allow no-excuse mail-in ballots.

That same state extended election day voting deadlines, creating a two-tiered voting system where some citizens had opportunities to vote not enjoyed by others. The Democratic state auditor general concluded he was unable to confidently ensure that the system used to determine who could vote was secure. Democrats seem to have forgotten that the U.S. Supreme Court also said there was a "strong likelihood" that Pennsylvania's actions violated the Constitution of the United States.

Fact check: Video shows Trump family in tent before Jan. 6 rally

  Fact check: Video shows Trump family in tent before Jan. 6 rally A video of the Trump family in a tent was taken prior to the president's Jan. 6 speech, not during the Capitol riot, as claimed by social media posts.The viral video, taken by Donald Trump Jr., according to CNBC, has been posted to Facebook by the page Fire Trump 2020 alongside the claim that the Trump family was allegedly "enjoying" the assault on the Capitol while it took place.

In elections past, when Democrats have objected to the presidential electoral process, they've been lauded as heroes safeguarding the right to vote, not insurrectionists subverting it. My vote objecting to Pennsylvania's process wasn't about the 2020 election. It would not have changed the outcome. My vote was about elections to come, in 2022, 2024 and beyond, and seeing that they are conducted fairly. We have to repair the mess at the polls in 2020 if we are to restore Americans' trust in our elections process. How can either the House or Senate fix our electoral problems unless we are willing to examine them?

That is why I introduced an important piece of legislation last September, the VOTER Act, which would address systemic problems in voting systems across the country and rebuild trust in our electoral process. Over the last few months, I've made some changes to the bill and will be re-filing it shortly. The VOTER Act mandates Voter ID in every state, institutes measures to ensure timely results, including allowing every state to begin processing absentee ballots before Election Day, and creates uniform national standards for voting by mail.

De-platforming Republicans, censoring dissent, intimidating GOP supporters and promoting the myth that Republicans supported the violence in the Capitol is corrosive and dishonest. Suppressing speech is fundamentally un-American. It undermines the institutions we need at this critical moment to lend stability to the Republican Party and our country. When the party that controls both the legislative and executive branches abuses its power, it is more than a destabilizing influence on our political system. It is authoritarianism masquerading as the force that will keep America safe.

Rick Scott, a Republican, is the junior U.S. senator from Florida.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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There’s a long, troubling history behind the Capitol attack .
Although the attack surprised almost everyone, it did not occur randomly. The attack surprised almost everyone, but it did not occur randomly. By examining the siege through the lens of studies of conflict around the world, we can understand the Capitol attack as part of a process of political violence. This process involves moving through three key conditions: 1) Violence becomes thinkable; 2) Violence becomes feasible; and 3) Restraints fail.

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