(Liberty Bell) – Fox News host Pete Hegseth delivered a response to the chaos that ensued in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by, of course, condemning the violence and destruction, while also drawing attention to the underlying reasons why it happened.
According to BizPacReview, the conservative pundit made an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, Hegseth explained that the president’s supporters rioted because they are so frustrated and angry for being marginalized by the radical left in our country.
“One person I talked to at the crowd sort of gave voice to the way a lot of these people feel. They say I’m a born-again American. I have been re-awoken to the reality of what the left has done to my country. This is not Donald Trump only. This is what he has exposed,” the Fox News host said.
He went on to add that Trump followers who were involved in the violence weren’t “conspiracy theorists motivated just by lies,” but were actually principled conservatives who have witnessed the foundational principles of our republic, like freedom, be crushed by liberal policies and attitudes in our culture.
“They see exactly what the anti-American left has done to America: indoctrinating our kids, opening our borders, canceling individuals, totally censoring entire viewpoints, all the double standards that exist in our country right now,” Hegseth said.
He went on to say that these folks are feeling helpless to stop the destruction of their beloved country due to the fact they cannot trust the election system, which they believe is rigged due to unconstitutional changes to voting rules, such as universal mail-in ballots.
“We’re always told … you get them at the ballot box. You come back two years later and you get them at the ballot box. What happens when you don’t have that recourse? What happens when they use COVID as a guise to change all the guidelines constitutionally?” Hegseth explained.
“We could have voted in person. I can go to Walmart. I can go to a store. I can go to a restaurant. I can go to sports games in some places. You tell me we couldn’t have voted? I just don’t buy it, and so I’m actually not surprised by what happened yesterday,” he stated.
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Fearing folks hearing him might twist what he’s saying or misunderstand the point he’s trying to make, Hegseth stated that he’s not excusing the behavior, but is trying to explain why it happened.
“I recognize that people feel like the entire system is rigged against them, and then they look at what Antifa and Black Lives Matter have gotten away with, and no, I’m sorry, you can’t go to church, but I can riot during COVID, and I’m told that that’s okay, but if we gather as a group, we’re condemned for being a bunch of conspiracy theorists who are not patriotic.” he continued.
“I don’t buy it, and I think it’s easy to fall into the universal ‘these people are evil’ approach as opposed to stepping back and understanding that they feel like if you can’t go to the ballot box, where are you gonna go, and that’s a legitimate question for people to answer today,” Hegseth said.
It doesn’t seem that the folks in Washington are too interested in really understanding what happened. Then again, the radical left-wing element is well aware of why the violence happened on Wednesday. They were probably counting on it to happen in order to paint conservatives up as nutjobs.
However, there’s always more than one side to a story. Yes, the violence was inexcusable. But that doesn’t give the radical left the right to dismiss the folks who did this and their concerns. After all, had these been leftists who were protesting on behalf of Black Lives Matter, they would be hailed as heroes.
People want to be heard. They want to feel they have power to change things. This is what the ballot box used to provide all of us. Now, elections can’t be trusted anymore. We need to fix that.
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