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On January 6, CT Dems denounce ‘big lies’, GOP calls for unity

The former president is no longer in office, but Democrats in Connecticut intend to continue to perpetuate Donald Trump and his false claims of electoral fraud, an issue at a statewide race here in 2022.

On the first anniversary of the uprising at the Capitol, the state’s elected Democrats recalled how their phones buzzed with news that a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the building as Congress was certifying the 2020 election results and told the situation. How did you see from afar? in horror.

But a year later, his focus is not on how January 6 turned out, but on what he sees as his Republican allies’ failure to vehemently and vehemently condemn “The Big Lie” that the election was stolen, Democrat Nancy Dinardo, including state party chair, said during a virtual press conference on Thursday.

Republicans are pushing forward rather than looking back, saying state residents care more about issues such as health care, the economy and education. But Democrats want a full accounting, a litmus test, on two questions: Did Biden legitimately win the election? And will GOP candidates explicitly condemn Trump’s role in the siege?

“It probably shouldn’t work as a litmus test in other states, but I think in a state like Connecticut it really should because I think our voters are different and they see what happened that day.” And in a very different way to what had happened until that day,” said House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronnin said “a lot” of Connecticut Republicans accept Joe Biden is president, but have not been conclusive that they believe he was elected fairly.

Bronin said, “I haven’t heard too many Republican leaders saying loud and clear that the 2020 election was free and fair as we all know that the 2020 election was legitimate, and Joe Biden legitimized it.” had won.”

In a series of statements released Thursday, the Connecticut Republican condemned the violence at the Capitol, but made little or no mention of Trump or his involvement. He accused the Democrats of trying to further politicize the country.

“We must remember what happened on January 6, bringing together political parties and elected officials,” House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, said in a written statement.

Referring to the lack of COVID-19 tests in Connecticut and the country, Candelora said, “In a week where residents were left to wait hours for COVID tests, Democrats suddenly have come out into hiding and thus are tripping over themselves to embrace. The divisive rhetoric our Speaker of the House has often said must remain in Washington DC.”

Lawmakers in Connecticut should instead focus on “addressing the mental health and education crisis among children and teachers or tackling public safety concerns in our neighborhood.” “Watching this fraudulent campaign stunt today, residents will wonder how serious the majority party is about uniting our state and developing balanced policies that will make it a better place to live for all.”

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In a separate written statement, Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, and Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lime, Deputy Leader, said, “We strongly condemn the January 6, 2021 violence, such as This happened from day one, we have been doing it since that day.”

Senators distinguished between what happened in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and what happened outside the State Capitol in Hartford on the same day – where lawmakers were sworn in “in a ceremony marked by unity” on the first day of the legislative session. ,

Two-thirds of Republican voters in the US still doubt the legitimacy of Biden’s election, according to a recent poll by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst — a point that is likely on the minds of GOP candidates in Connecticut as they seek to shun They have a democratic majority in the Rajya Sabha (97–54) and the Senate (23–13). Democrats also hold all statewide and congressional offices in Connecticut.

“They know what elections say. That’s why the questions are so important today because they’re trying to figure out how I can win the primary but then be electable in November and so the comments are so right in the middle and hot,” Ritter said. said.

Democrats notably chose Bob Stefanovsi, the 2018 GOP challenger to Gov. Ned Lamont, who is likely to run again in 2022, for refusing to condemn Trump for his role in the attack.

“We are asking the Republican Party and Bob Stefanovski, who is actually the leader, to step up right now and condemn Trump-like behavior and what the rebellion really stood for and really stood for his country, not love. For the Republican Party or any party. Put your country first,” said Rep. Geraldo Reyes Jr., D-Waterbury, president of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus.

Asked by phone to respond to comments, Stefanowski issued an emailed statement Thursday.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in our US Capitol building, we can all agree that whether it is Washington, DC or Connecticut, violence is never the answer,” he said. “Everyone found responsible for this tragedy must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Biden won the election “a year ago,” he said. “It is time to move beyond division and extreme prejudice and work together to provide the people of Connecticut with better public safety, lower costs of living, and quality education for their children.”

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