By now we have all seen the mob of violent pro-Trump terrorists who stormed and invaded the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday while expressing anger over the results of the 2020 election and disrupting the tally of Electoral College votes. Yesterday we posted our thoughts and today we wanted to share some of the local reactions to the terrorist acts and this attempted coup by white supremacists and Trump Supporters.
Rep. Mondaire Jones demands Donald Trump and his Republican co-conspirators in Congress be removed from office.
“The President of the United States, abetted by his Republican co-conspirators in Congress, incited an armed insurrection against our nation’s legislative branch. Consequences must be swift,” Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) shared with Black Westchester. “I have signed onto articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and high crimes and misdemeanors. I have joined my colleague, Congresswoman Cori Bush, in calling for the expulsion of the members of Congress who have flagrantly violated the 14th Amendment. And I have joined a letter calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. I urge my colleagues to join me. The fate of our republic is on the line.”
Congressman Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) also called for Trump’s removal
“What we saw today was an attempted coup, performed by white supremacists, emboldened by a fascist. Thankfully, myself and my staff are all safe. But we need action to remove Trump. Then we need to move to immediately and explicitly reconcile the our country’s history of racism.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the violence a failed attempt at a coup
“This is the final chapter of an incompetent, cruel, and divisive administration that has trampled on the Constitution and the rule of law at every turn, and we won’t let President Trump, the members of Congress who enable him, or the lawless mob that stormed our nation’s Capitol steal our democracy. The election results are clear and the will of the American people will be carried out.”
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Crisis In Washington D.C.
“Donald Trump began his presidency talking about ‘American carnage,’ and now that is how he is ending his time in office,” New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins shared with Black Westchester. “People are storming the U.S. Capitol because the President has told them he has been wronged, despite there being no evidence to support that claim. Over the past four years, more than any other time, we have seen that elections matter, voting matters, and leadership matters. As President, Donald Trump has been a failure, and the American people, our image, and our values have paid the price.”
New York Attorney General Letitia on Coup Attempt at U.S. Capitol
“The coup attempt initiated by outgoing President Trump has been despicable. Today, it became violent. If blood is shed, it will be on his hands. These actions, fueled by lies and wild conspiracy theories espoused by President Trump, must be unequivocally condemned by every corner of our society.
“Ultimately, I am confident the rule of law will prevail. Joe Biden, our duly elected president, will assume office on January 20th and history will remember this as a sad but unsuccessful attempt to destroy our democratic republic.”
County Executive George Latimer on Attack at U.S. Capitol
“We’ve all watched television this afternoon with some sense of horror about the attack at the Capitol that has happened when a large group of individuals stormed the Senate and House of Representatives. They marched inside into the chambers and disrupted the work of both houses as they seek to complete the electoral process of the Electoral College. I had to remind myself, and all of us, that this is a nation of law – not of men. We set rules and standards for a reason – and we pride ourselves as nation on following those rules because it gives equal opportunity for all and an equal sense of responsibility we have to each other as fellow residents and citizens.
“In the history of this nation, no matter how much conflict we have had – and there is conflict built in every day in the halls of government – we never go from disagreements as fellow Americans to inciting violence or expecting that a mob can control a legislative body in order to impose its will outside of its legislative structures.
“We have the right to free speech and the right to free assembly but you don’t have the right to impose you will, which you perceive to be the truth, upon all the rest of Americans because you feel so strongly about it. We all feel strongly about the things we believe in but we don’t go beyond that in the world of violence to impose that.
“We have a situation that represents today what is culmination of a number of years where we have broken down the proper barriers that protect us as a democracy. We have existed for over 250 years as a democracy, but no democracy has existed indefinitely. Totalitarianism always knocks. It’s always easier to rule completely if one man rules the whole nation, without a need for messy debate.
“You have that in Russia, China, North Korea, Iran – and we don’t want the here in the United States of America. It is time for our fellow Americans to understand that the election process has played out and has given us a new President and a new Congress. In two years time, if individuals are dissatisfied with Congress, they get a chance to change the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the Senate – in 4 years they can change the President and the Congress again. And they have that opportunity at the state and local level all throughout. That’s the American system. Mob-ocracy is not the American system. I know that today people who are Democrats and Republicans will join voices to decry what happened in today in Washington. Let this be a reminder we have a civic responsibility to not only vote but to uphold the basics of our democratic society. Or else, as Ben Franklin said ‘it’s democracy only if we can keep it.’”
Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey on the attack on the U.S. Capitol
Today, in our Capitol, we witnessed an attack on the capitol, an attack that will delay Congress from conducting their business to accept the certification of the presidential election. In a nation where democracy is both central and inclusive, we are witnessing a severe lack of leadership that has influenced thousands to disrespect our fundamental American values. This is not a partisan issue, this is an American Issue. The value of unity and respect for the constitution must be recognized. The behavior today is un-American and we must stand together, as Americans, to confront it. As the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor of the great City of Peekskill, we condemn the behavior we are witnessing in our capitol.
Bedford Town Supervisor MaryAnn Carr posted on Facebook; “An Attack on American Democracy – These were not demonstrators.”
Yonkers Councilwoman Shanae Williams says Impeach Trump (Again)
We need to hurry up and get Trump out now. Can they please listen to Rep Omar and Rep Pressley and impeach him (again)? I don’t think America can stand one more day with him in the Oval Office at this point. The fact that people are RIOTING at The U.S. Capitol is clearly because of him! We have seen enough distraction and deflection from you Trump and we are over it! No more!
JCPA Condemns Violence and Insurrection
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly condemns the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol Building. This was a direct assault on our democratic process, and nothing less than an attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power in a presidential election and an act of sedition.
We urge in the strongest possible terms that President Trump and others immediately cease incendiary rhetoric and restore order. We urge members of Congress and other responsible elected officials to speak out against the violence and immediately cease all questioning the legitimacy of the election. Those who have broken the law must be held accountable for their actions. We thank Capitol Police and law enforcement for putting themselves in harm’s way and keeping our elected officials and their staff safe.
We urge Americans to stand together against politically motivated violence and for our democracy.
Former President Barack Obama also released a statement
“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise. For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.”
Former president and Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton Chimed In
“Today we faced an unprecedented assault on our Capitol, our Constitution, and our country. The assault was fueled by more than four years of poison politics spreading deliberate misinformation, sowing distrust in our system, and pitting Americans against one another. The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost. The election was free, the count was fair, the result is final. We must complete the peaceful transfer of power our Constitution mandates.”
These are just a few of the many local reactions to the terrorist act we witnessed yesterday when insurgents invaded the United States Capitol. stay tuned to Black Westchester, we will probably be updating this as more of a local leaders speak up on the attack on the Capitol.