As a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran from Sonoma, and as someone who took an oath to serve and protect to defend our democracy, I must speak out strongly about the disgraceful coup attempt that we witnessed in DC on January 6. It is imperative that there be accountability for all those who conspired to undermine our free and fair elections through violence and intimidation, and that includes the cynical elected officials who pandered to Trump and his vile conspiracy theories.
These enablers are equally complicit to Trump in the violent mob scene we saw desecrating the people’s Capitol, and we cannot allow promoters of seditious lies to enjoy the honor of serving in our Congress. They have betrayed us. This crisis has been brewing for years, as millions of people watched a growing political movement motivated by cruelty, resentment, and ignorance grow to a violent mob now trying to seize power, whatever the costs to our country.
The only acceptable option for American citizens still dedicated to rule of law is to unite and demand that our remaining elected leaders and law enforcement fully prosecute those political leaders responsible for this debacle. Anything else would invite further attempts to seize power and further acts of violence and chaos.
— David Morell, Sonoma