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Letter: By focusing on Trump, we misunderstand the Capitol violence

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo police with guns drawn watch as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

It seems that by focusing on President Donald Trump as having caused the riot at the Capitol, the focus on the motives of the rioters has been deflected. It doesn’t seem logical that they would have thought that they could keep President Donald Trump in office by rioting at the Capitol. They obviously had other motives.

It would serve a better purpose for the national political leaders to probe into those motives — to try and understand why violent behavior has taken hold in our country as a form of expressing anger, frustration and political opinion and seeking attention for whatever cause. Otherwise, the root problem is left unsolved by being unexplored.

Douglas Reid

Farmington