Editor, The Cheshire Herald:
I read with interest State Senator Rob Sampson’s guest column in Feb. 11 The Cheshire Herald.
In that column, he describes the notion that, on January 6, Donald Trump led an insurrection to maintain office as an “astonishing lie.” For the record, let’s state in simple terms what led up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Donald Trump lost the election. With no proof whatsoever, he repeatedly claimed the election was stolen. He sued in many states and lost all suits. Trump tried to get the Vice President to nullify the election. The Vice President declined to do so. Trump assembled a crowd on the very day and at the very time of the election certification. He told the crowd to march to the Capitol and “Fight like hell or you won’t have a country.” He watched on television while the mob attacked. He did nothing for hours to stop it. During the insurrection, when the Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy called him to beg for help, Trump said, “Well Kevin, I guess they are more upset about the election than you are.”
Mr. Sampson’s take-away from this event is that Trump “should have been more cautious about the consequences of his rhetoric.” The question I have for the voters is, do we really want a State Senator who is so blinded by loyalty to Trump that he denies what is plain for all to see?