By John Smist | January 6, 2021 at 10:22 PM EST – Updated January 7 at 7:19 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – All eyes have been on Washington today as Americans from all sides of the political fence have watched in disbelief.
Will Knecht, Chairman of the New Hanover County republican party watched the events unfold in Washington Wednesday…as did Richard Poole, Chairman of the New Hanover County democratic party.
While the two are politically divided, they were on the same side on this day condemning supporters of President Trump, who both men believe took their protest too far and forced members of Congress to evacuate.
“It’s shocking; it’s disappointing,” said Poole.
“It went overboard the moment they attempted to break the barriers and head to the Capitol,” added Knecht. “And there’s absolutely no support for that. Peaceful protest…I don’t care what the issue is, that’s the greatness of America.”
Knecht believes the country is more divided than ever but is hopeful today’s unrest will be a springboard to unite people based on principles not parties.
“We as a nation, we as leaders, we as American citizens, need to bridge that gap,” said Knecht. “We need to debate the issues but do it in such a way that we can do it respectfully, and debate vociferously. We need to be passionate about what we believe in because that’s the American way as well.”
Poole, already addressing the gap, sent an email to Republican Congressman David Rouzer with a message.
“I said, Congressman Rouzer, when you were elected you pledged to defend and protect our constitution from all enemies foreign or domestic,” said Poole. “Donald Trump is clearly an enemy of our constitution and our democratic republic. Please do your job.”
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