Democrats have been behind physical attacks, not anime tweets

Regarding Alexandra Petri’s article in the Nov. 28 Sunday Herald “How to know why fellow Republicans are mad at you,” she mentioned a couple of examples of violence in Congress, but she makes it look like it is always Republicans creating or starting the violence, as on Jan. 6. I would like to point out that in her two examples the Republicans are actually the victims. Example No. 1: in 1856, Rep. Preston Brooks, a Democrat beat an abolitionist Sen. Charles Sumner (a Republican) with a cane. No. 2: in 1866, Rep. Lovell Rousseau (an Unconditional Unionist) assaulted Rep. Josiah Grinnell (a Republican). Petri also missed mentioning that on June 14, 2017, James Hodgkinson (a supporter of Bernie Sanders) shot and wounded a congressional Republican, an officer, an aide and a lobhyist during practice for a charity baseball game.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tweeted an anime video; it was not a physical assault. You could substitute Democrats for everything else in that article and it would be just as (in)valid. It all depends on whether the author is a liberal, attacking conservatives, per the article, or the other way around. As for Biden he should just not be re-elected. There is so much more in the infrastructure bill then infrastructure. These people should read the bills before they vote on them.

Thomas Green

Lake Stevens

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