In light of the June 28 gubernatorial primary outcome that now provides New York State voters with Republican Lee Zeldin and Democrat Kathy Hochul as our choices to lead our state, I am reminded of The Express News Group’s editorial from January 6 of this year, “Under Attack,” which reminds us of Lee Zeldin’s role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection:
“The South Fork has a stake in this discussion … our U.S. representative, Lee Zeldin, played an outsize role in the insurrection. … He was one of the few to rise on the House floor — just hours after violence spilled into the same space — to take up Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie.’ His remarks that day weaved tales of election fraud that were never rooted in reality. Some … had been debunked before he repeated the lie that day. …
“‘I have a duty to speak out about confirmed, evidence-filled issues with the administration of the 2020 presidential election in certain battleground states,’ Zeldin said on the House floor one year ago, as broken glass littered and blood stained the Capitol. In the 12 months since, every court and every investigation found the ‘Big Lie’ to be just that. Lee Zeldin was wrong — and he should mark the anniversary by admitting it.”
With each passing day, as lie after Trump-world lie is debunked in sworn testimony before the House Subcommittee on the January 6 insurrection, Lee Zeldin’s inability to grasp the real meaning of January 6 — that it was a failed coup attempt — disqualifies him for higher office.
Anthony is a former chair of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee — Ed.
One fine body…