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Mary Stewart engages in a spot of "whataboutery" in response to my letter of June 5th. which compared Edwin Poots' disregard for facts and encouragement of violence with Donald Trump's "alternative facts" and incitement of the Capitol Hill riots.

Interestingly, she chooses not to defend Edwin Poots, but instead claims (falsely) that Nancy Pelosi had turned down Donald Trump's request for extra security on the day. In fact, Nancy Pelosi has no operational role in relation to security on Capitol Hill, which was the responsibility of former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving, former Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael Stenger and Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund.

Mary Stewart also claims not to understand my comment that Donald Trump's denial of inciting violence on that date "was too blatant in its approach to be credible." Perhaps the following phrases from his speech on the National Mall just prior to the attack may give us a clue: "We won this election, and we won it by a landslide"; "We will stop the steal"; "We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn't happen"; "If you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country any more"; "We are going to the Capitol."

Of course Donald Trump didn't accompany the rioters to the Capitol giving himself just enough "plausible deniability" to avoid direct responsibility for the riots. No one is suggesting that Edwin Poots accompanied the rioters onto the streets of Belfast.  All they needed to be told is that the Irish Government is the enemy and that the Protocol is a threat to the United Kingdom.

Instead of defending Trump, Mary Stewart might be better served promoting a more constructive and peaceful dialogue on this island.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 8th, 2021 at 09:32:45 PM EST
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In the end, she's displaying even less political astuteness and more blind, obstinate faith than her namesake.
by rifek on Thu Jun 24th, 2021 at 09:30:59 AM EST
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