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Unity requires first dealing with insurrectionists | READER COMMENTARY

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

President Joe Biden has declared that he is seeking unity and a reduction in the harsh words and bitterness between factions in America (”No way for decent people to ‘unite’ with racism, anti-Semitism or homophobia,” Jan. 25). I believe that is far too soon to seek unity when much of the Republican Party continues to support undemocratic practices, promotes voter suppression and continues to spread conspiracy theories.

Those who continue to lie about the results of our recent election and those who supported the insurrection on Jan. 6 must first be punished, including Donald Trump, Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Harley, Rep. Andy Harris and the many hundreds who stormed our U.S. Capitol. Stop trying to mollify Mitch McConnell who remains as obstreperous as ever.

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Use the 51-vote majority in the Senate to greatest advantage now without further foredoomed negotiations to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate. Invoke section 3 of the 14th amendment to deny reelection to those officials including President Trump and election deniers who might seek public office again.

It is only after the insurrectionists, their supporters and promoters have been brought to justice and have been held accountable that it will become time to consider unification and bringing all the sides together.

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Jack Kinstlinger, Towson

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