Ad Spot

Letter: Start with the facts

In order to deal with any situation, one must have the facts. I watched the events of Jan. 6 starting with the coverage of the president’s speech and then the speech of Ted Cruz.  I watched on multiple stations: CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and CSPAN.  I watched other videos afterward on television and on line. 

This is what I saw. The president spoke to supporters. He had urged them to come to Washington, D.C., to stop Vice President Pence and Republican Congresspeople from approving the results of an election that Joe Biden had won by more than 7 million votes and by a 306-232 vote in the electoral college. That is the first fact one must know: Joe Biden won the election as verified and certified by election officials in 50 states and multiple federal and state courts. 

At the Washington rally, Mr. Trump told his supporters that they needed to march to the Capitol Building to stop the certification of the election. Donald Trump Jr. spoke, warning non-supporters that “We’re coming for you.” Mr. Giuliani, Trump’s, spokesperson and lawyer, told the crowd to engage in “trial by combat.” The crowd marched to the Capitol Building, fought police, pushed over the barricades at the perimeter and swarmed up the Capitol steps. Some carried American flags, some carried Trump flags and some carried Confederate flags. At the Capitol Building doors, a mob physically overwhelmed the police and used weapons or whatever was at hand to smash windows to get inside.  Some cops fought the mob, some stepped aside, and one, Eugene Goodman, lured the mob up steps to protect Congress members. One cop was beaten by insurgents with an American flag. At this time, those police were all who were left to separate the angry mob from the members of Congress meeting to certify the election. I saw some members of the mob carrying ropes and chanting, “Hang Mike Pence.” Some invaded the offices of House members. Some carried zip ties and could be heard talking of capturing Congresspeople. While House and Senate members of both parties hid under desks or were rushed to safe places, the mob sacked the Capitol. Five people died. Brian Sicknick, a policeman protecting the Capitol and the Congressmembers there, was assaulted and killed by the mob.

These are the facts. It was Jan. 6. It was a Wednesday. Congress was in session. The president spoke and told his supporters to march to the Capitol and stop Pence and Republican members from certifying the election of Joe Biden.  The crowd marched to the Capitol, breached the barricades, fought police and broke into the Capitol, attempting to stop the vote. The Capitol was sacked, people were injured and five died. A policeman performing his duty died. 

This is the starting point, the facts. Do not believe “alternative facts” or alternative realities. To go forward, we need to start here.

Ted Hinnenkamp

Albert Lea

Cops, Courts & Fires

Hit-and-run crash and other reports 

Cops, Courts & Fires

Woman injured in crash on Interstate 90 near Bricelyn

News

Klobuchar has speaking role at presidential inauguration

News

Trump leaves White House, says ‘It’s been a great honor’

News

Facing crush of crises, Biden will take helm as president

Cops, Courts & Fires

Owatonna man accused of threatening police arrested on charge

News

Both faced with COVID-19, one care provider moves in with client

Cops, Courts & Fires

Police: Willmar man working in his garage is killed by a stray bullet

News

Trump wishes Biden luck in farewell video

News

U.S. virus death toll tops 400,000

News

Judge orders company to take 3M’s trademarks off N95 masks

News

Minnesota individual income tax filing season opens Feb. 12

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Active cases in Freeborn County lowering

Health Updates

Behind Capitol security lines, COVID-19 is still main topic

Cops, Courts & Fires

Vehicle rummaged through and other reports

News

Martin Luther King Jr. event speaker: Uncomfortable conversations needed

Health Updates

New pilot vaccination program expands those eligible for limited supply

News

850 MN guard members among soldiers securing inauguration

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: New death reported in Freeborn County

Cops, Courts & Fires

Snowmobile, other items stolen and other reports

Cops, Courts & Fires

Pedestrian struck by car on I-35 near Clarks Grove

News

In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

News

Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: 24 new cases in Freeborn County; new deaths reported in area counties