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Words have consequences

To the editor:

Shame on you, Rep. Stefanik. You do not deserve the honor to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District. The violence that you condemn, which occurred on Jan. 6 in the Capitol, was a direct result of you and your House Republican colleagues’ planned objection to electors from states other than ours. You allege electoral irregularities in those states such as voter fraud and questionable changes in voter laws, and you parrot the conspiracy theories that the election was stolen. You support the false and reckless statements made by President Trump that he won the election by a landslide and his “loss” was due to a “rigged election.” There is no evidence to support these claims, and this dangerous rhetoric spewed by you, other Republican enablers and the president himself was the fuel that fired the attempted coup in Washington. You have blood on your hands, and you have demonstrated your complete lack of respect for our Constitution and the future of this democracy.

Phyllis Sinclair

Vermontville

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