January 06, 2021

Congressman Joe Neguse Issues Statement on Today’s Breach of the U.S. Capitol

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse issued the following statement on today’s events at the United States Capitol: 

“Today was a very dark and difficult day for our country and for our Republic. The seat of our nation’s government was breached in a violent attack incited by the President of the United States and fueled by baseless claims from some of my Republican colleagues in Congress. 

Let me be clear. This violence was an assault on our very democracy. In the United States of America, this is not how we settle political disputes. In the United States, we respect the rule of law. We accept the results of free and fair elections. We do not ignore the will of the voters and attempt to install a preferred candidate into power.  

Today’s events are the direct result of violent rhetoric perpetrated by the highest levels of our government, harmful efforts tospread misinformation and lies told to the American people about the validity of November’s elections. Along with several of my colleagues I have sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence calling for him to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office. The President’s efforts over the last few weeks to overturn the results of the election and misinform the American people and his role in today’s events cannot go without consequence. He is not fit to execute the duties of the President any longer. 

While the division and violence evidenced today are deeply troubling, I am confident that our Republic will endure. 

This evening, the House and Senate reconvened to finish our work and complete our duty to the American people. As the United States Congress we will not be intimidated. We will always fulfill our oath to the constitution. 

We are committed to ensuring the will of the American people is defended and that our democracy is preserved.”