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Will the Capitol insurrection be Trump’s lasting legacy? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
Violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. It's been a stunning day as a number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. It's been a stunning day as a number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) [ JOHN MINCHILLO | AP ]
Published Jan. 8

Stark contrast | Editorial, Jan. 7

This administration’s legacy

I cannot believe that I am sitting here right now writing this letter as I watch a group of anarchists break into the U.S. Capitol. And they are being incited by the president of the United States! For the first time in my life, I’m embarrassed to say I’m a citizen of this country. The rest of the world has to be watching in disbelief, and our enemies watching in delight. Trying to overthrow our government will be the lasting legacy of this administration.

Peter McClean, Ruskin

Stark contrast | Editorial, Jan. 7

Was this good for America?

It does not matter to me whether you are a Republican or a Democrat. If you voted in the 2020 election, you are an American citizen. Please tell me how you are going to explain to your children how storming the Capitol was good for democracy and America?

Will Rudowsky, St. Petersburg

Stark contrast | Editorial, Jan. 7

This was different

When thousands of Black people came to protest peacefully, Washington was ready with the National Guard and tear gas. Could it be more obvious why the preparation for today was different?

Carl Zielonka, Tampa

Stark contrast | Editorial, Jan. 7

We are not socialists

The protests in Washington, D.C. are unacceptable. But of course the news media misses the real message. The real message is that Americans don’t want the socialist government recently elected to run — ruin — our great country.

Kit Werremeyer, Valrico

Stark contrast | Editorial, Jan. 7

No more defund the police

It’s just a guess, but after the Capitol riots, we will probably be hearing “Defund the police!” a lot less, if at all.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

Stark contrast | Editorial, Jan. 7

Time for sensible gun control

After watching our elected officials in Washington run and hide in fear from the attack at the Capitol, I could not help but wonder if they now understand the terror felt by the children and staff when school shootings occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and all the other schools that were under siege. Maybe they will do the right thing and pass sensible gun control laws.

Robert Peretti, Tarpon Springs