Updated: January 13, 2021 06:25 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 04:47 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Rep. Yvette Herrell does not hold Pres. Donald Trump accountable for the riots that occurred at the U.S. Capitol following his speech to supporters.
"I read through the transcript. Of course, we were watching the rally on TV. I have a copy of his speech. I've read through it twice. He mentions about going to the Capitol twice. He says do it peacefully. Let them hear your voices peacefully. And to be honest, there are so much finger pointing and so much blame going along. I think it's time that as Americans and as leaders, we come together and start building the America that we all appreciate and love."
Herrell did not vote to impeach the president on Wednesday.
"I just feel like we're looking at the bigger picture here. One, I think it was a rush to judgment. We haven't seen any due process for this president," Herrell said. "And here's the thing-- in less than eight days, we will see a transition of power in the White House. And it's time that we really talk about unity. We're talking about healing. And if we really mean that both sides of the aisle, then let's not fan the flames. Let's start working together under a new administration and work for the people that sent us to office."
Herrell said she does not think the president has any degree of culpability or blame for the attack.
"I think if you want to look at the big picture, I think we could look at we've seen violence and all over the place of the nation in the last many months. And I think, again, we're getting to a point where people in general are just frustrated, they're frustrated with the pandemic, they're frustrated," Herrell said. "We've seen violence erupt all over the nation and nothing's being done. I think we're seeing in some ways a double standard. We're seeing conduct, you know, some folks are condoning some of these protests, whether they're peaceful or not, that happened around the nation over the last many months. And then suddenly, you know, one person and one group of people are getting blamed for the violence that was incited."
While Herrell calls for healing, she would not say whether the presidential election was free of fraud. However, she acknowledges that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.
"Well, we absolutely certified the elections in congress. Was there fraud involved and so forth? I can't speak to that," she said. "What I can't speak to is that we did end up certifying the electoral votes in congress on the sixth and we have a new administration coming in on January 20."
Herrell said the president's supporters are frustrated, but she does not believe his baseless claims of the election being stolen led to the attack.
"I think what we're seeing is Americans from all over the country, they're frustrated, they don't feel like their voices have been heard," Herrell said. "I think we've seen a pandemic that has put a financial crush on many families and small businesses. And I really don't think you can point to one issue or one person, I think it's a collective of we've seen the violence and the attacks all over the nation."
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