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WVLK Radio listeners weigh in on Capitol siege

Posted at 2:18 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 14:18:23-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As the country woke up Thursday to more news out of Washington following the siege on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, WVLK 590 AM radio listeners in central Kentucky texted and called into the station to voice their concerns, opinions and questions.

The comments started rolling in just after 6 a.m. during Jack Pattie's morning radio show with Scott Johnson.

"Yesterday was caused by Trump's attorneys, pushing false accusations of voter fraud that they have no proof of, and has been tossed out of court after court of Trump appointed judges. Move on people!" one listened said via text message.

A different listener had another take saying a mob, "was compromised of Trump loyalists, fanatics, and probably Antifia and anarchists. Some probably the ones taking selfies are caught up in the moment. Others showed up with malicious intent, and others were there to show support, then lost control. Watching it live on C-span yesterday, it was all good until it wasn't."

One caller defended U.S. lawmakers who supported the president by raising questions about election fraud.

"These people are not lying, but they stand to gain nothing and lose everything by coming forward with these things," the called said. "And nobody cared to pay attention to it."

Another listener frustrated with the presidential election certification process continued with less of a fight from the right side after the riots occurred Wednesday night texted in to WVLK and said, "What happened yesterday has to do with election fraud it either happens, or it makes no sense to overlook election fraud because people act bad."

Yet after yesterday's siege, some listeners said their opinions were unchanged.

"I am a Trump supporter and will continue to be I'm officially anti-government, and will live my life that way. Kiss our republic goodbye," said one listener.

After riots and protests in 2020 raised questions as to whether police departments needed a radical change, one listener Thursday morning remarked about how police authority could still be in question after Wednesday's events.

"I'm wondering who the loose Pelosi will call the next time she defunds, the Police?" they said.

As for the hot button topic of invoking the 25th Amendment before the end of President Trump's term, one listener said, "Anybody trying to remove Trump from office until the 20th of the month is just gonna cause more trouble than he's already done."

Meanwhile, another listener said, "I believe with overwhelming support for those necessary to get it done. Pence should enact the 25th Amendment today, and remove Trump from office."