West Linn reacts to Capitol takeovers
As insurrectionists overtook the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and swarmed the state Capitol in Salem Jan. 6, the country watched, eyes glued to Twitter feeds and newscasts.
In West Linn, people looked on in dismay as supporters of President Donald Trump heeded his call, crying foul at November's election results.
West Linn Mayor Jules Walters remarked that Wednesday, Jan. 6, was a dark day for the country.
"Most people who know me know that I'm a supporter of peaceful protests, but what is happening in D.C. and in Salem is the result of efforts to overturn our election process, and it's a violent and blatant attack on our democracy," Walters said.
The newly sworn-in mayor also said she felt for the people inside the national and state Capitols and their loved ones who anxiously hoped their friends and family were unharmed.
"I love this country, and what I saw today was un-American and made me incredibly sad," said City Councilor Rory Bialostosky. "It was disturbing to see our country overtaken by insurrectionists. We have to do better to encourage civility and decency at all levels of government."
Julie Parrish, a West Linn resident and the former Republican representative of House District 37, also condemned the day's events.
"Political violence is not free speech," Parrish wrote on Facebook. "Property destruction and personal violence, is not, and should not, be protected. Whether it's destruction in downtown Portland committed by antifa, or the breaking-in of our own Oregon Capitol by 'patriots' — none of it is acceptable."
In her social media comments, Parrish also said the only ones who gain from the violence are the "political elites and their benefactors."
"It is not lost on me that as our U.S. Capitol is in chaos today, that the Dow Jones closed up over 400 points," she wrote. "I am not interested in seeing them profit from a nation so discontent that we have come to a place where we accept political violence."
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