01.06.21

Rep. Mark Takano: “Our democracy will prevail.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement on the Electoral College votes certification process in Congress for the 2020 presidential election.

“The insurrection that occurred at the U.S. Capitol today as Congress was carrying out its Constitutional duty was enabled and provoked by President Trump. The president incited an attack on our democracy and our democratic process, and for that, he must be impeached immediately and be barred from holding federal elected office ever again.

“Watching the coverage of insurgents in Trump campaign memorabilia and waving Confederate flags storming the Capitol building was chilling. These individuals must be arrested and held accountable for engaging in violence, breaking into the Capitol, and disrupting a fundamental aspect of our peaceful transfer of power, the certification of the Electoral College votes.

“Today should serve as a reminder that our democracy does not run on auto-pilot, we must fight to uphold it, and the words and actions of elected officials matter. I urge my Republican colleagues who are supporting Trump’s anti-democratic charade, peddling conspiracies, and opposing the certification of certain Electoral College votes to cease their efforts to undermine our democracy and our democratic process. History, America, and the rest of the world have their eyes on you.

“While the violent events that unfolded at the Capitol today delayed the certification of the Electoral College votes, Congress will not be deterred – we will carry out our Constitutional duty and certify that Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States.

“Tonight, we will count the ballots and certify the results. Our democracy will prevail.”

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