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Time for GOP to examine itself

1/21/2021, 6 p.m.
The violent storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was a repulsive display of evil, not a peaceful demonstration ...

The violent storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was a repulsive display of evil, not a peaceful demonstration that is emblematic of America, and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible.

Equally disturbing are the conspiracy theories related to the election that led to it, which are being fueled by some politicians in our Republican Party. Many of us in The Family, a network of Black conservatives, became Republicans because of our belief in the power of faith, human dignity, self-governance and the rule of law.

We must examine reports of voting irregularities to build trust in our democracy, but the results of the election are clear: There was no widespread fraud on a large enough scale to overturn the election.

Joe Biden will be president, and while we may disagree with him on many policy issues, we wish him well and stand ready to work with him where we can.

Now is the time for the Republican Party to examine itself after losing the White House and Congress. Unless we get serious about debunking conspiracies, refocusing on solutions and winning more minority votes, we will continue to be a minority party.

During this divisive time in America, we also urge conservatives to join us in recommitting ourselves to the words of the prophet Micah to “act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.”

KAY COLES JAMES

“Matriarch” of The Family Washington

The Family is a network of Black conservatives.