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I take full responsibility for any hurt my words caused, and for that, I am sorry.

Mayor of Thomasboro, Ill., Tyler Evans, responding to outcry of a video in which he accused the media of lying about the violence that occurred at the Capitol earlier this month, claiming that there was very little evidence of violence and that some people had been allowed into the Capitol building. Evans was in attendance for the Trump rally that preceded the violence as well as the protest march to the Capitol. There have since been calls for his resignation. (AP News — Jan. 15, 2021)

January 18, 2021
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Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States Government.

Federal prosecutors, writing in court documents, have urged the judge to keep Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who participated in the insurrection earlier this month while wearing face paint, a furry hat with horns and no shirt. Prosecutors allege that Chansley climbed the Senate dais and wrote a note to Vice President Mike Pence that said “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” (AP News — Jan. 15, 2021)

January 15, 2021
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No one is above the law — not even the individuals charged with enforcing it.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, speaking of the lawsuit she has filed against the New York City Police Department for excessive force and violating the rights of New Yorkers during the peaceful protests for racial justice and social changes that occurred this summer. James’ office reported more than 1,300 pieces of evidence and complaints about the police’s response to the protests. (NPR — Jan. 14, 2021)

January 14, 2021
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Inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the city’s decision to terminate all contracts with the Trump Organization due to the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.  The Trump Organization earns about $17 million a year from its profits with the city, De Blasio reported. (AP News — Jan. 13, 2021)

January 13, 2021
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While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve.

The FBI, in a statement regarding nationwide armed protests in the days leading up to Inauguration Day. (AP News — Jan. 11, 2021)

January 12, 2021
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Our democracy will be OK; we just have to defend the Constitution and our country at all costs, at this point.

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, speaking about the risk of more violence and riots in the days surrounding Inauguration Day and the need to ensure safety. Several pro-Trump extremists made threats on Parler to return to the U.S. Capitol the day before the inauguration with weapons. The Parler app has since been suspended by Amazon, Apple and Google.  (NPR — Jan. 9, 2021)

January 11, 2021
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The effect of disinformation, conspiracy theories and extremism was on display for the entire world to see.

Disinformation expert Nina Jankowicz, commenting on the thousands of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol last week, incited in large part by misinformation and conspiracy theories about the presidential election having been “stolen” from President Trump. (AP News — Jan. 7, 2021)

January 9, 2021
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We will be on the lookout. Some of them, we think ... have to be held accountable for the carnage.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, speaking of efforts to identify the rioters who stormed the capitol and posted photos and videos of the siege on social media. (Reuters — Jan. 6, 2021)

January 8, 2021
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Clearly we do not want technological glitches to get in the way to fully implement a national vaccination plan.

Nicol Turner Lee, of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, commenting on the website crashes and technology glitches that have hindered the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the nation. (The Hill — Jan. 5, 2021)

January 7, 2021
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If you don’t think I’m pulling the rope, then you really got a screw loose.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, speaking to criticisms that the Republican governor isn’t taking coronavirus response seriously after a New Year’s Eve gala took place at the resort he owns, which had guests packed into a ballroom without masks. The governor did not attend the gala and has been an advocate of mask-wearing and vaccinations. (AP News — Jan. 4, 2021)

January 6, 2021
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To take action otherwise — that is, to unconstitutionally insert Congress into the center of the presidential election process — would amount to stealing power from the people and the states.

Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado and six other Republican members of Congress, in a statement concerning Republican attempts to overturn the presidential election results to ensure a second term for President Trump. (The Denver Post — Jan. 3, 2021)

January 5, 2021
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