Letter to the editor: What was Champion thinking?

Posted 1/20/21

What was Champion thinking? It was shocking to open the Jan. 14 issue and find a story about former State Rep. Richard Champion on one page juxtaposed against a story on the next page about …

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Letter to the editor: What was Champion thinking?

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What was Champion thinking?

It was shocking to open the Jan. 14 issue and find a story about former State Rep. Richard Champion on one page juxtaposed against a story on the next page about Colorado’s U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse, Jason Crow and Ken Buck, who survived the attack of domestic terrorists at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Champion said he went to Washington, D.C., to protest Biden’s election as president. He stated that he stayed outside the Capitol building while mobs were ransacking it, and he didn’t see any violence. He saw only “extremely polite” demonstrators, adding that he didn’t think anyone was in danger, despite armed and violent protestors and the death of five people. The only problem he saw was a shortage of porta-potties.

What was he thinking?

The entire world saw violent, destructive and dangerous mobs overwhelming Capitol Police, desecrating the People’s House, stealing laptops, trashing offices and more.

The entire world saw our elected officials — including Vice President Pence — rushed to a secure location while insurrectionists raged around them. Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat and former Army Ranger, worked to keep everyone safe. Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican, called the event “anarchy” and “un-American.”

The entire world saw a dangerous attack on the tradition of certifying the next president to honor the will of America’s voters.

I, for one, am glad that Mr. Champion no longer represents us in the state Legislature. Thanks to voters who elected David Ortiz instead.

Susan Thornton

Littleton

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