I was shocked to see the chaos and lack of respect for our national Capitol by the rioting mob on Wednesday, which was clearly responding to all the negative comments and direction from the president. I think he should immediately resign, be removed by the vice president and Cabinet, or be impeached by the Congress. I also hold responsible for encouraging this very hostile and violent behavior, the members of the House of Representatives who voted to overturn the votes of Pennsylvania and supported the Texas challenge to six states' votes. They should not have even been seated this past week, as demanded by Rep. Bill Pascrell.

I call upon all of the more moderate, traditional, good Republicans in Montclair to repudiate this shameful conduct and continued conspiracy theory talk by President Donald Trump and the majority of the Republican members of Congress.

I always teach my college political science students that there was once a positive relationship between many more moderate and even progressive Republican leaders in Congress, and that the Republican Party historically produced some of our greatest presidents in Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, far more liberal than the very right- wing leadership we see today. What happened to THAT Republican Party, which my father believed was a more progressive, cooperative group of leaders in the tradition of New Jersey governors Tom Kean and Christie Whitman? My dad loved Ike, who was the commanding general he served under when we fought the Nazis in WWII, and he would condemn the modern-day Nazi-like crowd that invaded and ransacked our Capitol this week. It’s time for all REAL, traditional Republicans to join Democrats in putting an end to the Trump “steal” of their once-decent political party!

Bob Russo
At-Large Councilmember


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