In defense of Richard Champion The misinformation in the letter Jan. 21 — “What was Champion thinking?” — needs to be addressed. In that letter, the author states that Richard Champion …
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In defense of Richard Champion
The misinformation in the letter Jan. 21 — “What was Champion thinking?” — needs to be addressed. In that letter, the author states that Richard Champion “went to Washington D.C., to protest Biden’s election as president.” I reread the article from Jan. 14 in the Independent and what he actually said was he went to Washington “to object to what he called a broken judicial and electoral system.” I agree with that conclusion, which, by the way many Americans would agree with. At the end of the article, Champion was quoted as saying when Joe Biden is sworn in as president, “he will be my president.” That was certainly not the position of many of those did who not want Trump elected.
The letter further states Champion “stayed outside the Capitol building while mobs were ransacking it, and he didn’t see any violence.” The peaceful protest and the ensuing breach of the Capitol by a small minority, of whom for the most part, remain unidentified, happened at the same place, but were two separate events. There is a difference in recounting what a person observes in real time vs. observations after the fact that include an overview of everything going on at once. I have seen numerous conflicting reports of what actually happened and who was involved. This misrepresentation of Richard Champion is one example of so many that are distorting the truth and sowing division in America. Unfortunately, these kinds of misrepresentations are also being used to silence our voices.
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