Letter: A chance for Steward and Burgess to redeem themselves
Burgess Owens, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, speaks with people during an Utah Republican election night party Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
The recent mob assault on the U.S. Capitol was instigated by both President Trump and some 150 Republican members of Congress (including two from Utah – Chris Stewart and Burgess Owens), commonly referred to as “the Sedition Caucus.”
Despite the deaths and injuries incurred in that Jan. 6 assault, Trump is now calling for another mass action, this one at state Capitols around the country on Jan. 17. More bloodshed is expected, and here in Utah the governor has arranged for increased police presence at the Capitol on that day.
This is a golden opportunity for Stewart and Owens to partially redeem themselves. If they were to address the crowd and publicly disown their past seditious statements and actions, it could help defuse potential violence.
Tom Huckin, Salt Lake City