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To the Editor:
At 2:44 p.m. on January 6, 2021, after the insurrectionists attacked police officers and entered the Capitol and when almost everyone close to then-President Donald Trump called for him to tell his sycophants to stop the violence and leave the Capitol, he refused to defuse the deadly riot and ask for peace.
Instead he stoked the unrest and egged on his violent followers. He tweeted: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”
This was a green light to continue the violence, as a January 6 committee witness, Sarah Matthews, Trump’s press secretary, testified. She and Matt Pottinger, Trump’s
national security advisor, resigned immediately.
If Trump’s words to his gang of insurrectionists don’t constitute treason, then there is no such thing as treason.
Michael J. Gorman
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