I am disappointed that the Watertown Daily Times has become a newspaper that has clearly decided that sucking up to Elise Stefanik is more important than being a serious news organization. Your article informing us that Elise and her staff are safe is no doubt heartwarming to their families but not news.

Reporting her statement condemning the dangerous violence and destruction of the Capitol grounds is only what any sane person would say but not news. The real news is Congresswoman Stefanik’s role in encouraging the insurrection in the first place.

I sent a letter to Congresswoman Stefanik that, in part, pointed out that she must accept her role in encouraging the rioters and terrorists who attacked the seat of our democracy, the Capitol. She hitched her wagon to the amoral, egotistical and infantile man who will, unfortunately, remain our president for the next 12 days.

She supported unfounded accusations of election irregularities and encouraged false hopes and wild ideas in support of Donald Trump’s delusional idea that he was somehow robbed of victory. She should hang her head in shame and offer a formal apology — or, better yet, resign her position for her complicity in bringing about this attack on our nation.

That’s the news here, ladies and gentlemen.

Robert Kimball

Watertown

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Pitbull

Absurd comments. More piling on by a liberal LTE writer that will prove to be red meat to the likes of kr and eagle. The people responsible for the capitol breakin are the people who broke in, not Stefanik. Ill bet you a cool million Kimball voted for Tedra! This whole movement to attack straw men and women is nothing but Raum Emmanuel style seizing of a crisis. Like jackals to a kill, the Democrats have only one thing in mind: POWER! Need some evidence? If Fancy Nancy was really concerned with the security of the nuclear codes today she would make sure NONE of our enemies heard anything about her convo with Milley. What did she do? She leaked it to the press! No, this is power posturing. Watch for more in the next two years as the Lord of the Flies Democrat Party dances around the bonfire.

KRobbins

Hi Pitbull. How’ve you been? Haven’t seen you for awhile. Thanks for thinking of me.

The people responsible for the capitol breakin are the people who broke in, not Stefanik.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. I’ll do this the usual way. I’ll ask questions and you’ll never respond to them.

What do you suppose the motivation was for the people who stormed and desecrated the Capitol? Right they were there to stop the counting of electoral votes.

Why would they want to do that? Oh, because they’re under the delusion that Trump is actually the president and had the election stolen from him.

Why would they believe that? Because Trump told them so. And so did all the too many to mention now Trump propaganda spewing sources of misinformation.

Anyone else? Yes, a bunch of coup-friendly Republicans in Congress who were conning these vandals with the hope that they were going somehow re-install Trump by, I don’t know, not counting the EC votes or something. Fun fact which I will just take from Adk Daily Enterprise (Cerbone):

(Stefanik) claimed that electoral irregularities in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan were behind her objection, saying state bureaucrats illegally changed state voting laws. Those claims have been taken to court and failed.

So, the objection she was raising the votes had already been decided in Pennsylvania’s courts. As any conservative would tell you it should be.

Stefanik helped keep this whole stolen election myth or conspiracy theory or con or whatever you want to call it going. This propaganda is what inspired the attack on the Capitol. Sure, those guys that actually did it are at fault. There’s more to go around tho. Love Trump throwing them all under the bus yesterday. But hey, maybe they’ll all get pardons. That would be nice wouldn’t it?

Yeah, I’m really concerned about “power hungry Nancy” when Republicans having been trying to re-install Trump into the WH for 2 months. Another question just for kicks. Supposing the coup was successful and Trump got a second term do you suppose there’d be a peaceful turnover at the end of that second term?

Pitbull

I had better things to do like recover from COVID, visit with my family and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

KRobbins

I had better things to do like recover from COVID, visit with my family and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Sorry to hear you were ill, but glad to have back. It’s not the same without you.

KRobbins

Elise Stefanik needs to show us the evidence that supports her vote on the Pennsylvania votes. Was it something that had already been decided in the courts in Pennsylvania?

KRobbins

This is the lede from what Charlie Sykes writes in The Bulwark today.

This is an amazing moment. Trump’s administration is disintegrating as cabinet members and aides resign, loyalists break with him, and Congress heads for a second impeachment.

And yet our North Country Star remains attached to him. You what? It doesn’t matter. Her support for him is all on the record. She’s got the wolf by the ears and all she can do is try to keep holding him.

KRobbins

Has Stefanik congratulated Biden yet or even acknowledged his win?

Pitbull

OK, I'll draft the congrats for her. "Senator Biden, congrats on sitting in your basement and failing to communicate anything of any substance for the better part of a year. Congrats on sitting still and letting the press parrot your talking points and pretend that you are likely to finish your term. Congrats on not answering any questions from the press that were not suck up queries about your pets. Congrats on following the lead of your handler, Dr. Jill. Congrats on sitting quietly while your very organized legal and political apparatus changed election laws all over America but especially in swing states so as to favor mail in voting Democrats. Congrats on sitting idly by while Big Tech and Big News failed to cover Hunter's malfeasance. You have so much potential as a leader. Congratulations!"

KRobbins

You’re going to have a sad 4 years. If you don’t think it’s important for an opposition party in a democracy to accept when their political opponents win then I don’t know what to say. She’s fed the “stolen election” myth that’s causing damage to our democracy. But then, maybe you believe there was “widespread fraud” that “robbed” Trump of his victory since you’re right back on, for whatever reason, Hunter Biden.

KRobbins

So much sour 🍇

rdsouth

No fair letting people vote! That favors your side.

KRobbins

She supported unfounded accusations of election irregularities and encouraged false hopes and wild ideas in support of Donald Trump’s delusional idea that he was somehow robbed of victory. She should hang her head in shame and offer a formal apology — or, better yet, resign her position for her complicity in bringing about this attack on our nation.

At the very least she does not deserve to be on the Armed Services or Intelligence committees. Those should be reserved for people who support democracy.

minder

[thumbup][thumbup] Very true!!

Eagle24

It took storming the capitol... .. The mob carried pipe bombs, molotov cocktails, and zip ties... they weren't going there to protest... scary to think where this could have went... Stefanik is either naive....or culpable... she hitched her wagon to this chaos and will have to live with what happened...

minder

Absolutely! I could not agree more. I am disappointed that our local paper is not covering our representative's role in inciting a violent and deadly insurrection.

Empathy

Stefanik should resign.

The WDT is not the only game in town. I also subscribe to the Post Star. If more from this area did, they might be able to cover our local news and the WDT would have competition. The Post Star certainly outshines the WDT in reliable and honest reporting on the events concerning the 21st Congressional District.

minder

Thanks for the tip. I will check it out.

Pitbull

Today, you'll love Jerry's editorial and will exclaim the virtues of the WDT!

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