PADUCAH — U.S. Rep. James Comer, who represents Kentucky’s 1st District, condemned the violence on the U.S. Capitol final Wednesday, and is asking for cooler heads to prevail in each the Republican and Democratic events.
On Wednesday, Comer spoke with me through Zoom on a variety of matters. The dialog passed off only a few quick hours earlier than the historic vote in the House to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.
“I will vote to not impeach. Donald Trump solely has seven days left in his presidency. That is ludicrous that the Home of Representatives is spending time making an attempt to debate and impeach Donald Trump for the second time, particularly with just one week left in his presidency,” the Republican congressman stated.
Comer went on to elucidate his reasoning behind that call.
“He hasn’t been given due course of. He hasn’t been given a possibility to inform his aspect of the story. In America, we imagine in due course of. We imagine in harmless till confirmed responsible except you are the president of the USA and Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the Home. So, I am simply not glad with what’s happening on the Home flooring proper now, and I imagine that the American individuals are sick and tried of the partisan combating, they usually need Congress to deal with COVID, to deal with our economic system and attempt to transfer ahead,” Comer stated.
Comer vehemently condemned the group of Trump rioters that stormed the Capitol. He stated he utilized that very same opinion to some activists concerned in Black Lives Matter protests earlier this yr that broken property in some main U.S. cities.
“Those that got here in and broke glass and had been chanting ‘grasp Mike Pence’ and those that had been chasing the cops, I completely condemn them. That was improper. It was improper when the individuals did that in Portland and Minneapolis and it is improper once they did that in Washington, D.C.,” Comer stated.
He added, “We had a state of affairs final week that got here from individuals on the conservative finish of the spectrum. We noticed in Minneapolis and in Portland and in Louisville the place we had rioting and violence on the left finish of the spectrum. Each events have those that have acted badly. I feel what we have to do now could be come collectively as a nation. And, hopefully Joe Biden will strike a unique tone. He is had a possibility and I do not suppose he is utilized that chance as a result of the very first thing I’d have advocate to Joe Biden was, get on the telephone and name Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and say, ‘drop this ridiculous impeachment as a result of it is solely going to additional divide America’.”
Comer additionally famous the elevated safety measures on the Capitol which included Nationwide Guard Troops and metallic detectors.
“It is not even the identical place. Once I received off the aircraft, walked into the Capitol, it regarded like a navy base. There are fences all the way in which across the Capitol. There are, I imagine, over 10,000 Nationwide Guard Troops right here proper now all the way in which across the Capitol complicated. So, that is in all probability probably the most fortified place on this planet proper now,” Comer stated.
Whereas he does not concern for his security he was a bit shocked by the huge heightened safety efforts.
“It is a disturbing visible to see that, however on the identical time, we do not ever have to have what occurred the final time. I imply, there have been safety breaches. I do not suppose anybody would have ever dreamed it was attainable to breach the Capitol. I do not suppose, clearly the safety hadn’t deliberate on anybody ever making an attempt to check to see if that was attainable. So, hopefully our safety across the Capitol discovered a lesson from final week, and hopefully we will get better.”
Towards the top of our dialog I requested Comer whether or not he has any intention to hunt the Republican nomination in Kentucky to run towards Gov. Andy Beshear sooner or later.
“Effectively, I have been very vocal in my criticism of Andy Beshear. The way in which he is dealt with the economic system. I imagine that we’re seeing now Democratic governors come out and say, you recognize what, we have to reopen the economic system however do it in a secure method. Effectively, that is what I have been begging for for a very long time. So, I’ve my disagreements with Beshear, however I am very blessed to have this chance to be in Congress, and proper now my plans are to remain in Congress if the nice individuals of the first District will maintain me right here.”
When pressed, Comer stated he would by no means fully rule out a run for governor.
For now, the consultant urged individuals in his district to mirror on their political stances shifting ahead.
“What we have to do is simply attempt to take a deep breath. Tone down the rhetoric on either side, Republican, Democrat and acknowledge the truth that each events have individuals which might be very enthusiastic about their beliefs and each events have had some unhealthy actors which have harm their causes,” Comer stated.