July 9, 2021

The Jan. 6 Capital attack and insurrection saddened and affected me as much as the 9-11 attack 20 years earlier. It was an attack on our democracy.

It was fueled by Trump’s big lies with the endorsement of spineless Republican lawmakers and some media outlets.

The two attacks on our democracy were/are: the Jan. 6 mob attack on our capital with plans to kill the Speaker of the House Pelosi, Vice President Pence and other elected officials and to stop the electoral certification of Joe Biden.

The second attack was when 147 Republican house members came out from hiding a few hours later and voted to overturn the election based on Trump’s big voter fraud lies. (1 win-82 losses in court cases)

Local Rep. Jay Obernolte (Big Bear), Ken Calvert (Corona), voted to overturn the election based on the Trump big lie that fueled the Capital attack. That was also and attack on our democracy and the peaceful transfer of power.

Remember that issue when we peacefully vote in 2022. Our democracy depends on it.

Mark Gardner


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