Today’s Republicans must feel so proud. Can’t believe there was a time when I was one of them. It’s a disgrace beyond measure.

C.S. Martingale

Santa Fe

Impeach

Impeach now! Take away any chance he can run again for president. Our country’s democracy depends on getting Donald Trump back to his penthouse in New York with no chance of smashing our democracy again.

Mike Gross

Santa Fe

Get him out

Like the deranged Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty, Donald Trump must be relieved of his command before the safety and security of our country is compromised any further.

Edward Baca

Santa Fe

Courage in crisis

The two-party system was justified to me in school as a way to bring our government policies and actions closer to middle ground. Clearly it does not work that way. The dirty game of politics now plays us. We are trained to promote people who do not care about those around them. I am no fan of the Democratic Party as an institution, but I will never be able to vote for a Republican again after what I saw Wednesday.

The Republican Party is trapped. After cowering faithfully behind their tweeting president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a sprinkling of comrades suddenly tell us they stand on the side of peaceful transition of power? These people were then forced from their very seats in Congress to crouch in hiding by the mob they had created to vote for them. The mob that tried to overturn the government today defines the Republican Party, and they cannot survive without it. I can, and so I voted for Joe Biden. I now have hope we will have a more courageous group of people leading the nation through our current and coming crises.

Ellen Walton

Los Alamos

Punish the president

During five decades, American presidents have ignored prosecuting crimes committed by their predecessors. Criminal Richard Nixon was pardoned after Watergate. Barack Obama’s administration did not prosecute George W. Bush’s war crimes. America now suffers those consequences. Will the U.S. Department of Justice dare to enforce a rule-of-law litigation against Donald Trump’s crime regime, or will our two-tiered “justice” system favor unaccountability by corporations, the wealthy and politicians versus “We the People”?

Trump’s presidential crimes have included abuse of power, obstruction of justice, pursuing ideas for a coup d’état to overthrow legitimate election results, opposing 14th Amendment rights, bribery, grifting and tax evasion, to name a few. Numerous other immoral actions have undermined American values. Presidential crimes must have severe consequences. Restore constitutional trust and American confidence. I, like Trump, prefer punishment and retribution. Seize ill-gotten presidential gains. Lock ’em all up in public pillories! Then, at long last, Trump would cease tweeting.

Gary Reynolds

Santa Fe

Shame

Still proud to be a Republican? Shame on you.

Guy Fuller

Santa Fe

Remove him

I beg strongly of our members of Congress to remove Donald Trump from office, even with just under two weeks until Biden’s inauguration. All it takes is one day to rip up America. I fear mostly that he and his supporters won’t stop. Trump has been unhinged for some time and unfit to be president, obviously. And, surely his calling for violence at the Capitol is some high crime or misdemeanor. Please, citizens, call for action and swiftly.

Paula Reid

Española

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Stefanie Beninato

I have called our congressional representatives (well not Harrell) and urged them to start impeachment proceedings in the House today. Ben-Ray's call for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment is a tepid response to this national crisis. We need STRONG leadership NOW.

Jim Klukkert

New York Times, 7 January 2021: A United States Capitol Police officer died Thursday night from injuries sustained when he engaged with a pro-Trump mob that descended on the U.S. Capitol the day before.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/us/politics/a-capitol-police-officer-dies-from-injuries-sustained-during-the-pro-trump-rampage.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20210108&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=headline&regi_id=58038491&segment_id=48710&user_id=b6ed338b26683a5659853c6b06945ffc

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