Rush Statement on Armed Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

Jan 6, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the subsequent statement from a secure location in the Capitol complex following the armed insurrection perpetrated by Trump supporters at the United States Capitol:

“Today’s actions are nothing short of a murderous insurrection and armed coup incited by Donald Trump and executed by his diehard supporters.  These actions are an attack on the U.S. Constitution, our democratic institutions, and the United States, as a country.  This sort of behavior is repugnant to our democracy, pure and simple.

“I wish I could say I am sorely disappointed by President Trump’s actions — and more importantly, his inaction — surrounding this situation, but I have long realized that you can expect nothing else from a weak, insecure, power-hungry megalomaniac like him.

“I unequivocally condemn the violence and those who perpetrate and support it in the strongest possible terms.  Furthermore, rather than continuing to spread lies regarding the 2020 election, I call on Donald Trump to demand that his followers vacate the Capitol complex immediately and cease their violent acts.

“I also call on the Committee on House Administration to initiate an immediate investigation as to how the Capitol was so easily breached and call on law enforcement to diligently pursue criminal prosecution against all those who participated in or incited today’s violence.

“These terrorist acts will not silence the voice of the people and I look forward to certifying the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next President and Vice President of the United States, respectively.

“Now, more than ever, we see how badly we need to return from the brink by upholding our democratic norms and respecting the institutions we have established to protect them.”

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