“President Gerald R. Ford, whose statue at the U.S. Capitol was desecrated Wednesday when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building, would be “heartbroken” by the violence that unfolded, said a local historian.
““He loved Capitol Hill. He thought that the founder’s arrangements, set up in the constitution, to deal with conflict were among the best ever devised by human beings,” said Gleaves Whitney, the former head of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
““He would be heartbroken that people chose violence and possibly insurrection to overturn the values he held dear and the institution he spent many decades working in.””
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