Violence never seen in the US Capitol
JIM LO SCALZO / EFE
Various Democratic and Republican leaders from New York and New Jersey condemned the violence that took place yesterday in the National Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, and some called for him to be removed, opinion that politicians have expressed in other regions of the country.
The congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, joined all the Democratic members of the panel in send a letter to Vice President Mike Pence imploring him to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would facilitate Trump’s impeachment of his position through an agreement between the vice president and the majority of the cabinet.
Ritchie Torres, Representative (D-NY) just sworn in on Sunday, spoke with Pix11 yesterday while taking refuge in an undisclosed location inside the Capitol, where at least 4 people died in the unprecedented assault.
Asked if Trump can end the violent occupation in Parliament, Torres said that “The damage is already done. Never in the history of our country has there been an attempt by a sitting president to instigate a violent mob to break into the Capitol and disrupt the counting of presidential votes. This is the greatest assault on American democracy in our country’s modern history. “
“When you’re interfering with the presidential vote counting and what should be a peaceful transfer of power, I would certainly describe it as a coup,” Torres added.
In the same terms, the NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, issuing a statement amid the Capitol riots, calling them “Failed attempt at once.”
“The cornerstone of our democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. We should call this what it really is: a failed coup attempt. This is the final chapter of an incompetent, cruel and divisive administration that has trampled on the Constitution and the rule of law at all times, and we will not let President Trump, the members of Congress empower it, or the lawless mob that broke into our nation’s Capitol steal our democracy. The results of the elections are clear and the will of the American people will be carried out ”, emphasized the Cuomo statement.
The New York Congresswoman (D-NY) Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) he also condemned the events. “I was entrenched for several hours. I’ll tell everyone later ”, wrote on Twitter. “For now, we must focus on [la] task at hand: preserve the integrity of our democracy, hold accountable those responsible for their attempts to subvert our nation’s elections and destroy our Constitution.
“My staff and I are safe and the Capitol Police have taken us to safety. All those responsible for this violence and anarchy must stop. This is absolutely unacceptable and un-American, “he said. Nicole Malliotakis (R), another Representative just sworn in by NY.
Legislator Yvette Clarke (D-NY) called the events “internal terrorism.” and alleged that the nation is “at risk of a coup”. In the same vein, his colleague representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and the Senator (D-NJ) Bob Menéndez.
The rookie legislator Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) also called for the immediate impeachment of Trump of office and expressed support for Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Missouri) call for expel the Republican members of Congress “who incited the attack on the Capitol”. Velázquez also announced his support for that idea of Bush, he said amNY.com
New Jersey Senate Leaders Tom Kean (R) and Loretta Weinberg (D) issued a joint statement. What we are witnessing in Washington it’s not how our democracy is supposed to work ”, they expressed. “Protesters who have illegally violated the US Capitol building must go home immediately or face the full force of the law.”
My staff and I are safe and following guidance from Capitol Police.
The scene in the Capitol goes against every value we pledge to uphold as a nation. Democracy will prevail.
– Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 6, 2021
Was barricaded in for several hours. I’ll tell y’all about it later.
For now, we must focus on task at hand: to preserve the integrity of our democracy, hold accountable those responsible for their attempts to subvert our nation’s elections and shred our Constitution apart.
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021
After being in the House chamber to certify the results of a fair and free election, I am now sheltering in place.
The President and every single Republican who incited and encouraged this behavior must denounce it immediately.
– Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) January 6, 2021
My staff and I are safe and have been brought to a secure location by the Capitol Police. Everyone who is responsible for this violence and lawlessness must stop. This is absolutely unnacceptable and un-American.
– Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) January 6, 2021
This is domestic terrorism. Period, full stop.
We are in throngs of a coup because @realDonaldTrump refuses to respect the will of the American people.
The eyes of the world are on us right now. Democracy will prevail.
– Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 6, 2021