…Republicans are “Shooting Themselves in the Foot” by Clinging to “Indefensible” President
The Albuquerque Journal editorial board spoke out today against New Mexico Republicans’ failure to condemn President Trump’s actions in the last few months of his presidency, including his violent rhetoric which incited a mob of domestic terrorists to storm the US Capitol in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election.
The op-ed specifically pointed to GOP Chair Steve Pearce’s descent into becoming “a steadfast Trump supporter, to a fault.” It criticized him for his ongoing loyalty to the president, as well as his continued efforts to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, which contributed to the violence that took place at the US Capitol.
The editorial board also highlighted Rep. Yvette Herrell’s ongoing silence and the fact that she “has yet to condemn Trump for his words or actions leading up to or during the Jan. 6 riot.” Just hours after the seditious mob broke into the Capitol, Rep. Herrell aligned herself with the rioters’ goals, when she voted not once but twice to undermine the results of the 2020 election.
Both Pearce and Herrell have also failed to condemn Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin, who is currently being held without bail for his role in the January 6th riots.
“It’s time for us to unite as a nation, yet Republicans continue to cling to a failed president, who has actively worked to undermine our democracy,” DPNM Chair Marg Elliston said. “The Albuquerque Journal is right that now is the time to condemn President Trump’s actions, disavow those who took part in these violent riots, and put the focus back on what’s best for all Americans. Until Republicans can take those steps, they are complicit in the violence and unfit to represent New Mexicans’ values or priorities.”