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Words matter, Mr. President

Scott Robert Shaw

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This is proof that words matter. What we saw at the U.S. Capitol should not be a surprise. Although it apparently was a surprise to Capitol police, who seemed powerless to stop the surge of rioters who breached the building, leading to death and destruction. What happened follows remarks by the President and others egging them on. Weeks ago, he promised a “wild” event in Washington on January 6th. He urged his supporters to show up, and the Proud Boys and QAnon were happy to oblige. President Trump held a rally just blocks from the Capitol building, and called on his supporters to march to the Capitol. Is it any surprise that they did? He told them the election was stolen. Rudy Guliani encouraged what he called “trial by combat.” This is what happens when you sow the seeds of division in our democracy. When we don’t respect the outcome of the election, or the democratic process.  President Trump lit the match, inciting the domestic terrorism. Even after, Trump continued to coddle those responsible, calling them “special people” and telling them he loves them. A President’s words can inspire good people to do great things. Or as we have seen, lead bad people to do terrible things.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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