‘It’s disgusting; it’s despicable; it’s abhorrent:’ UW political scientist reacts to unrest in nation’s capital

Ken Mayer

MADISON, Wis. — Unrest in Washington, D.C. Wednesday is unprecedented in U.S. history, but to one professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison it wasn’t surprising.

For months politicians made baseless claims against a democratic process, and Ken Mayer, a professor of American politics, said hearing that from President Donald Trump and other Republican politicians led to this result.

He said these actions are what you see in dictatorships, and there isn’t a precedent in the U.S. He’s not sure how to explain this to his students.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Mayer said. “It’s disgusting. It’s despicable. It’s abhorrent. And anyone who does not condemn this in absolute and unqualified language has, in my view, has no place in public life, and it’s that simple.”

From here, members of Congress continued to count the electoral votes Wednesday night. After that, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office on Jan. 20.

For other politicians that Mayer believes fed these flames, he said in a just world they won’t be able to wash this from their careers.

“The people who have been intentionally undermining the integrity of the election for their own political purposes have been lying, and it’s disgusting,” Mayer said. “And this is the result where you have violent armed protesters breaking into the Capitol.”