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Former Utah Governor Gary Herbert speaks out on violence in D.C., encourages unity

Governor Gary Herbert
Posted at 9:29 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 23:29:14-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A day after violent scenes unfolded around the nation and at the Capitol building in Washington D.C., former Utah Governor Gary Herbert took to Twitter to condone violence and encourage unity.

Herbert joins a long list of Utah politicians who were unhappy with the violence that took place as a result of President Trump not winning the 2020 presidential election.

Read: 'An insurrection;' Utah politicians condemn violent protests at US Capitol

In the tweet, Herbert first expressed that he hopes Utahns and Americans can move forward with a goal to do better.

"As I reflect on yesterday’s horrific events, my hope and prayer for us as Americans and Utahns is that we come together with a resolve to do and be better," Herbert writes. "We need to focus on treating each other with more civility and respect."

Herbert also emphasizes his belief that having strong morals is at times more important than policy.

"We saw yesterday why tone matters. Words matter. Diplomacy matters. Character matters. Humility matters. Compromising matters. Inclusivity matters. Values matter. And they might even matter more than policy," tweeted Herbert.