17th Jan, 2021

Leaders condemn violence in America after Coventry councillor's 'statesmanlike' Trump comment

Tristan Harris 7th Jan, 2021 Updated: 7th Jan, 2021

THE LEADERS of the two biggest parties on Coventry City Council have condemned the violence in America and the support shown for Donald Trump’s actions.

Council leader Coun George Duggins and Conservative leader Coun Gary Ridley spoke out after independent Bablake ward councillor Glenn Williams tweeted in support of the outgoing President, describing him as ‘statesmanlike’ when his actions led to criminal activity and a riot.

It came on a night of violence in America that saw one woman shot dead and three others dying as armed supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building in the ongoing dispute over election results.

Coun Duggins and Coun Ridley said: “As a council, and as individuals, we want to distance ourselves from any remarks made by Coun Williams.

“Last night’s violent protests were an unrelenting attack on democracy and tragically led to four people losing their lives.

“There can be no excuse for the actions of those involved, or of the outgoing President.

“Last night the US withstood an effort to stop the American democratic process by mob rule.

“The right of people to vote and choose their representatives is one we value very dearly here and in America.

“It is a privilege and one that should be treasured and protected, not tarnished in this way.

”We were sad to see Coun Williams’ comments on social media and would like to point out that these are his own personal views and do not reflect those of the City Council, the Labour Party or the Conservative Party.

“We believe strongly in the democratic process and we look forward to seeing the will of the American people carried out and the rights of voters upheld.”

 

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