By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
When he ran against Congressman Connor Lamb in 2018, former Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone vowed that he was going to Washington to be Donald Trump’s “wingman.”
Saccone lost that election but apparently not his sycophantic loyalty to the outgoing President. As insurgents breached the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon in an effort to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s win over Trump, Saccone was on hand, happily posting on Facebook about breaking through the barriers and storming the Capitol.
As Saccone will tell you in this video, he was there to ” run out all the evil people.” Saccone has since taken it down from his Facebook Page.
— Lindsey Williams (@SenWilliamsPA) January 6, 2021
But Saccone is not alone, he also posted a picture of himself with current state Sen. Doug Mastrano.
Earlier this evening, Pa. Rep Brian Sims and others are for Mastrano’s resignation claiming he was heavily involved in today’s seditious act.
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The riot occurred on the same day as Democrats secured two Senate seats in Georgia to take control of the United States Senate.
Jerry Dickinson, a constitutional law professor at the University of Pittsburgh says that many of the insurgents at the Capitol today will claim they were just stressing their constitutional right to free speech. But Dickinson says the protections of the Fist Amendment “are not unlimited.” And the actions today were of a seditious nature, an attempt to overthrow the government.
“It is likely that numerous protestors who stormed both the House and Senate floors violated federal law, as it is a federal crime to enter the floor of either House through the use of force and violence,” Dickinson said. “This was a seditious assault on American democracy and an historic attempt at insurrection incited by the President of the United States. As a constitutional law professor, I firmly believe it will take years to repair the damage to American democracy. Today’s events have left an indelible, and perhaps irreparable, scar on our nation.”