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Opinion: Executive was wrong to urge people to forfeit fundamental right of protest

Not every conservative is an insurrectionist

To the editor:

On Jan. 5, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich issued a statement to the residents of Montgomery County, urging them not to participate in the planned demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 in support of President Donald Trump.

It appears that the only thing Elrich correctly stated in this statement was the first line: “The right to protest is a fundamental right of every American.”

It is reassuring to know that even a left-wing Democrat such as him is still able to understand this fundamental principle of democracy.

In addressing those who would gather in support of the president, he stated: “Protest organizers and the groups they represent have shown an alarming affinity for violence. Sadly, they have not been shy about suggesting the need for violence.”

It is clear that his ideology has him sadly confused with other groups on the matter of mob violence, intimidation, property destruction, burning and looting.

What happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a crime and shameful, at the very least. The investigation goes on.

But it should be noted that the federal government says this invasion of the Capitol was planned in advance. The groups who might have organized this will be caught and prosecuted, unlike those who rampaged through our cities this past summer.

There are no moral equivalencies here. They are both wrong. But you cannot paint every conservative that lives in the county as an insurrectionist.

He needs to know that not every resident of Montgomery County believes what he believes and supports what he supports.

His statement is ill advised and sorely misguided. And 2022 is less than 24 months from now.

Marc King