Pennsylvania Republican Laments Jan. 6 Convictions: ‘Is This Really America?’

Rep. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) expressed outrage at the 2021 jailing of people convicted of crimes related to the U.S. Capitol riots. January 6 during Thursday night’s debate with his Democratic challenger, Dan Pastore.

Asked by WICU Erie News Now debate moderators how he felt about the House Select Committee investigating the riots and calls for the committee to subpoena former President Donald Trump, Kelly described it as a partisan witch hunt and emphasized his anger. law enforcement response to riots.

“Did it have to happen? Absolutely not,” Kelly said of the attack on the Capitol. “The relentless pursuit of this president, regardless of any information gathered, should shock anyone living in this country.”

“I understand and completely agree: January 6th should never have happened,” Kelly added. “But when you look at some of the people who are still incarcerated and have no way out, you ask yourself, ‘Is this really America?’ Is this really America?

Kelly rightly noted in the debate that on January 6 there are only two Republicans on the committee, Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), and that both are longtime Trump critics. But he did not mention that the committee exists in its current form because House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.) has rejected the idea of ​​a fully independent and bipartisan panel.

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“The vast majority of witnesses to those hearings were either Capitol Police or actually Republicans,” replied Pastore, a businessman and attorney. “What does he propose?” That we just brush it under the carpet?

“It is important that we find out the essence, and that is what we are trying to do on January 6. hearings,” Pastore added.

Elsewhere in the debate, Kelly described how he had lost faith in the federal government.

“Where we are now as a nation is the most dangerous point we’ve ever been, where we’re being overtaken by the same government whose justice system has failed,” he said. “Most people now see the FBI as a danger.”

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Businessman and attorney Dan Pastore is challenging Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), who continues to cast doubt on the validity of the 2020 presidential election results.
Businessman and attorney Dan Pastore is challenging Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), who continues to cast doubt on the validity of the 2020 presidential election results.

Kelly is one of the 147 House Republicans voted against 2020 confirmation of the presidential election results later the day after the Capitol riots. He previously sued to invalidate Pennsylvania’s $2.5 million voting without excuse violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, which has a Democratic majority, rejected the claim in November 2020.

Pastore later pressed Kelly for clarification on whether he still thinks the 2020 race is in the cards. the presidential election was “stolen” from Trump.

Kelly declined to give a straight answer, instead emphasizing his continued skepticism about the fairness with which he was administered.

Pastore further slammed Kelly in a statement provided to HuffPost on Friday, calling Kelly “an embarrassment to Western Pennsylvania.”

“His comments show that he is unfit for public office,” Pastore said. “I am running for Congress to uphold the law of the land and to support law enforcement. Mike Kelly stands with violent criminals and attacks the men and women of law enforcement who protect us.

“Mike Kelly believes it is unfair that violent criminals who attacked the police and tried to overthrow our government are in prison and is outraged by this,” he added. “Kelly’s attack on federal law enforcement shows he has no respect for the law and those who protect us.”

Kelly, a six-term incumbent, is the heavy favorite to win re-election in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, which covers the northwest corner of the Keystone State. in 2020 Trump defeated President Joe Biden among voters in the district more than 20 percentage points.

Pastore’s struggle for large sums of money has so far prevented him from advertising on television.


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