Demonstrators call for Stefanik to resign in wake of Capitol violence

WWNY Demonstrators call for Stefanik to resign in wake of Capitol violence

WATERTOWN and CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - The fallout from Wednesday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol has made its way to the north country.

A small group gathered in front of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Watertown office Thursday to protest her objection to certain electoral votes.

The demonstrators told 7 News that they believe Stefanik (R. - 21st District) is complicit in what they regard as a coup attempt and that she along with other members of congress who objected, should resign.

It was a similar story in Canton as people came out to say Stefanik should take responsibility for the riot.

They said she needs to stop fueling terrorism with baseless claims of election fraud, though Stefanik has specifically not used the word “fraud” in her objections to the presidential vote. Some also called for Stefanik’s resignation.

“Elise Stefanik and others would like to distance themselves from what happened yesterday, but her actions created the environment that allowed that to happen,” said Tricia Pethic, protestor.

“She’s fueled the flames. She has supported a president who has called on people to do exactly what they did yesterday,” said Tedra Cobb, 2020 Democratic challenger for 21st District seat.

Stefanik on Wednesday said she was sad for America, condemned the violence and said leaders of all parties should do the same.

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