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Matsui Issues Statement on Violence at U.S. Capitol, Certification of Election Results

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), issued the following statement on the violence Wednesday afternoon around the U.S. Capitol complex and the certification of the presidential election results.

“Today’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a coordinated attempt to overthrow our democratic process with violence. Make no mistake, these rioters viewed the President’s repeated claims of fraud as a mandate to act. Lies, misinformation, and demagoguery have consequences. That is why I called on the Vice President to invoke the 25th Amendment and convene the cabinet to remove the President from office. President Trump continues to put himself above the American people, and his reckless actions to undermine our democracy must be met with equal consequence. 

“Despite this failed attempt to prevent the transfer of executive power, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won the 2020 election decisively, with a historic margin of victory. The American people cast more than 81 million votes for the Biden-Harris ticket – the most ever cast for a candidate for public office in our nation’s history, and well over a majority of all votes cast. 

“Our job in Congress is to affirm our commitment to America’s shared democratic tradition. That is why we moved forward tonight to certify the electoral college results despite the best efforts of the rioters. The American people spoke with their ballots and selected the leader they want in this time of crisis. That choice must be respected. I will continue to do my duty and work to rebuild faith in our democracy.”  

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