On Jan. 29, the US representative for MN CD-1, Jim Hagedorn, posted a photo of former President Trump with the House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, on Facebook with a caption that included, “President Trump’s willingness to help Republicans take back the U.S. House in 2022 is exciting!”

It is astounding that even after overwhelming evidence that former President Trump incited the attack on the Capitol that resulted in 5 deaths and injuries to more than 140 officers, he continues to enjoy enthusiastic support from a majority of the GOP. It has become disturbingly clear that the ongoing strategy for Rep. Hagedorn and a majority of Republicans in response to Jan. 6 is to downplay or even ignore the very real violence and terror incurred by the mob of Trump supporters that invaded our Capitol. Rep. Hagedorn’s political calculation to dismiss the Capitol riot not only minimizes its threat to our democracy, but endorses further acts of violence by domestic right-wing extremists in support of our former president.

Rep. Hagedorn swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. What are we to do when our own U.S. representative has become one of those enemies?

Tara Hogenson

Rochester

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