Sutherland should walk back words on election, Jan. 6

It is hard work to respect a lawmaker that still believes that Biden didn’t honestly win last November’s election for president and that Trump did not incite the riots on Jan. 6 (“Sutherland is a roiling force with his conservative speak,” The Herald, Feb. 21).

To believe that millions of votes were fraudulent is truly a joke. Any competent lawyer could bring evidence before the court to show that officials had done something wrong or the machines were tampered with. Such evidence would be reviewed by the other side and agreed with or contested. Trump didn’t even provide evidence to dispute or accept. He just lied. His lawyers didn’t even give the courts evidence to evaluate; just a presentation of Trump’s lies. Of course, this resulted in a dismissal of the case — over sixty of them — as there was no evidence at all to review. All these actions were by a person who had more power than any other American to gather facts and evidence. It is pure nonsense to think that the president of the United States wouldn’t be able to show such huge defects in our voting system.

With respect to the riot on Jan. 6, Rep. Robert Sutherland, R-Granite Falls, must not have seen the presentation of the House Managers concerning Trump’s actions. I think any fair-minded person would have to include that Trump was a factor in stirring up their actions.

Rep. Sutherlund says he will not walk back his statements. He should.

Basil Badley

Camano Island

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