“What we need to do is stop pointing fingers, and we need to move forward,” says Gov. Reynolds.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced last Thursday that the state anticipates receiving 172,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the month. Photo Natalie Krebs / IPR

After Trump’s supporters stormed the nation’s Capitol, Governor Reynolds of Iowa was condemning the violence, but now she wants to stop the blame and move on.  

Governor Reynolds, who often campaigned with Trump during the fall, was one of the group of Republicans who refused to acknowledge the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. At first, while criticizing the riot, she continued saying that many believe that vote was not valid, but during a virtual forum with Iowa journalists on Thursday, she finally acknowledged Biden’s victory. While accepting the Democrat’s victory she still defended people who did not accept it. She stated that there needs to be a process to make sure people are confident in the integrity of elections. 

“What we need to do is stop pointing fingers, and we need to move forward,” Reynolds stated.  


When journalists asked Gov. Reynolds whether she regretted supporting Trump and not acknowledging Biden’s victory, she answered by saying that Americans need to stop the rhetoric and come together to the table to have a productive conversation.  

Reynolds continued her remarks saying that when so many voters feel that “maybe something is not valid, then that’s a concern for our republic, and we want to do everything to address that. You can’t shut people down, but you also have to do it in a respectful manner. Violence isn’t the answer.”  

Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The mob of supporters left Trump’s rally where he continued talking about the election being stolen from him and telling them he would never concede.  Five people have died from this violent event. The lawmakers that were in the middle of certifying Biden’s victory were moved to safety and they reconvened after the Capitol was cleared of the violent mob to finally certify Biden as next President of the United States.  

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