The following is documented.
During the Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot, you were "HIDING and PLEADING for supporters of your own party’s leader to be peaceful as police struggled for hours to regain control."..."while you and your Republicans called for an end to the violence."
In your tweet at 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 6, you said, "While people have a right to peaceably protest, those who breached the Capitol and assaulted Capitol Police officers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Violence is never the answer, and I condemn their actions in the strongest possible terms."
However, you were among the Republicans who voted against...voted against the very House bill to create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection riot! How is that "condemning their actions in the strongest possible terms?" This commission could show you, the rest of your constituents and the country who animated and brought this insurrectionist riot to the nation's doorstep, to the people's house, the very symbol of our democratic freedom, the Capitol.
Furthermore, on May 20 you voted no on a bill to increase funding for the Capitol police. Just how does that jibe with your tweet that states "....those who breached the Capitol and assaulted Capitol Police officers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."....when the proposed funding would strengthen the Capitol police force?
So, what are voters of Virginia 6th supposed to believe? You condemn the insurrectionist on one hand, yet on the other hand you vote against the bipartisan commission bill and you now also seek to defund the Capitol Police?
And, just when are you going to say those nine words I've yet to hear: Joe Biden is the President of the United States and help put an end to the Big Lie and Trump’s baseless claims that Democrats stole the election through fraud and massive misconduct?
Oh, my....Ben, me thinks your anti-democracy stripes are showing as you contribute to the moral collapse of your own Republican party.
Stephen M. Hatchett, Roanoke