JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - We are still talking with both current and former elected officials in Mississippi to get their perspective on what unfolded in Washington Wednesday.
Congressman Bennie Thompson was in the House gallery when the rioters started trying to get in.
“Not so much frightened as I was concerned that here individuals, for whatever reason, are going to try to take over their own government,” explained Thompson.
And, for Thompson, the President is to blame.
“When he said go to the Capitol and show them that you are dissatisfied, that’s not leadership,” noted Thompson. “He’s no better than the people who broke into the Capitol.”
Public Service Commissioner Dane Maxwell has worked with the Trump campaign since 2015, most recently as the state director last year.
“This wasn’t the intent of the President,” said Maxwell. “I don’t normally speak for him but I know him well enough to know that wasn’t his intent.”
Maxwell notes the President’s broad support in Mississippi and says he thinks supporters are tired of what they feel are attacks on the President, but...
“We can’t be hypocrites and the fact is that for several years now we have condemned the Black Lives Matter movement and the rioting and the burning of buildings and all that,” said Maxwell. “So, I can’t very well say we should be doing the same thing because that’s not who we are.”
Former Secretary of the Navy and Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus supports the growing movement for the President to be removed from office, although he thinks it is unlikely to happen.
“Ought to be removed by some lawful means,” said Mabus. “The 25th Amendment is obviously the quickest and best. Impeachment again. I mean, there’s only 13 days left until the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but 13 days, you can do a lot of damage as he showed yesterday.”
Mabus is concerned about the damage that’s already been done.
“There’s going to be a whole lot of recovery. It’s going to have to happen... inside the U.S. to restore the faith in our democracy and restore the faith in our electoral system,” noted Mabus. “But then we’ve got a lot of work to do around the world with our allies. And this gives our enemies, our adversaries, a huge opening that they shouldn’t have.”
Part of the ‘what’s next’ with the investigation will involve members of Mississippi’s delegation.
Congressman Bennie Thompson chairs the Committee on Homeland Security in the House and Senator Hyde-Smith is the current chairman of the Senate Legislative Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Capitol Police.