GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Decision 2016 has been decided. The question isn’t so much about the outcome, but what happens after the election.
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters told “To The Point” that it’s time for the country to heal.
“As I look at democracy and what is necessary to strengthen us, my concern is always about democratic institutions. That we keep this experiment in democracy vibrant going forward. That folks have to realize there are two aspects of democracy that have to be in place.
“First is that we have to have vigorous elections. Free and open elections where everybody is free to express their opinions, to be advocates for their candidate and to be vigorous. Then too though after the election is over, we then have to start a healing process and we have to start coming together and finding places where we can work together as one people,” Peters said.
Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, also thinks it time to come together but thinks protests, like the one Thursday in Grand Rapids, are not helpful.
“I want to commend President Obama and even Secretary Clinton on how they handled that. As I said election night, we’re going to need some graceful winners and some graceful losers to be able to start moving on.
“I am hugely frustrated with what’s happening out in the streets. People protesting, saying that this is somehow illegitimate and all of that kind of stuff. They are literally protesting democracy in my opinion. It just, it’s ridiculous and don’t remember those kind of protest happening in 2008 when there was a huge sea shift in society. We’ve got to get beyond that,” Huizenga told “To The Point.”
On this Nov. 13, 2016 episode of “To The Point,” we discuss government after the 2016 election.