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'Totally dismayed': Lexington man and Vietnam veteran reacts to U.S. Capitol breach

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 17:59:02-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — What happened Wednesday in Washington, D.C. was appalling to many, including a Lexington resident who put his life on the line for this country.

Clarence Jackson served in Vietnam when he was 18.

"When I saw the activities today, I was highly perturbed. Totally dismayed. And I presently haven't regained my composure yet."

Jackson fought for our right to have differing viewpoints, but he never believed they'd pit us against one another.

"Here we are going against each other for a different, political view just because you're red and I'm blue," he said.

Despite the obvious division, he's not giving up hope.

"I think we can rise above any adversity we encounter, but we have to accept we weren't making America great again; we were making it destructive again."

We saw that destructive nature play out on live TV inside the peoples' building in Washington. Clarence said it'll take some time for him to really grasp what he saw.