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Miller-Meeks: “Trump and Republicans likewise should not be held to blame for the U.S. Capitol riot”
Less than twenty-four hours after a violent mob incited by Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, interrupting the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election, Mariannette Miller-Meeks defended the president saying she believes that fraud clearly took place in the election and that the president and congressional Republicans bear no responsibility for the actions of the crowd.
By Tom Barton, January 7, 2020
DAVENPORT, IOWA — While continuing to condemn the mob violence that gripped the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, freshman Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks on Thursday suggested President Trump and congressional Republicans should not be held accountable for stoking the violence.
And while recognizing Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect, Miller-Meeks insisted “there was fraud” in the 2020 presidential election, despite a lack of any substantial evidence of such to any significant degree.
“I think there is plenty of blame to go around to all of us,” Miller-Meeks told the Quad-City times of the “feeling of helplessness and powerlessness and hopelessness” Americans feel, fueled by a pandemic, racial turmoil and contested presidential election, that has led to unrest across the nation.
Miller-Meeks said that if Democrats were not blamed or held accountable for violence that erupted during protests this summer over police killings of unarmed Black men and women, Trump and Republicans likewise should not be held to blame for the U.S. Capitol riot and Americans expressing “grievances” over what numerous state and federal courts and election officials have found was a free and fair election.
“Just as over the summer when we saw social unrest and violence and destruction of public and private property, and encampments in various cities, the Democrats did not demand that this action stop,” Miller-Meeks falsely claimed…
“And no one asked that they (Democrats) be held responsible for that,” Miller-Meeks said. “I think it’s important that we as a nation understand that you have a large percentage of Americans, millions of Americans — 60 million to 70 million Americans — who feel that their voices have not been heard” and feel aggrieved over election “irregularities that were not addressed.”
…on Thursday Miller-Meeks continued to give credence to the false claims of widespread voting irregularities.
“I think in order to listen to people and to heal our nation — to answer those grievances — that there should be either an investigation or a commission to look into that,” she said. “There was fraud. There were irregularities. There were states that did not follow their state law, and/or election officials violated state law. I think all of those things are worthwhile to address so that everyone has faith and confidence and trust in the election system.”
Courts across the country — including the U.S. Supreme Court, with a now conservative 6-3 majority — have roundly dismissed the allegations made by the president, his campaign and his allies. Additionally, Trump’s own U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared that the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.
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