Re: "Polarizing Generator"

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Posted by John in Mich on January 11, 2021 at 15:13:49 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Re: "Polarizing Generator" posted by John in Mich on January 10, 2021 at 20:34:34:

Well, I got my answer. Debbie Dingle is not a leader. Below is the e-mail that I received from her today.

Thank you for contacting me regarding the riots at the United States Capitol. Your thoughts are important.

Since the mid-twentieth century, Congress has met in a joint session every four years on January 6 at 1 p.m. to accept the results of the Electoral College. On January 6, 2021, Congress abided by this historical process and met in a joint session to formally count and accept the votes of the Electoral College. Incited by President Donald J. Trump, protestors quickly descended upon the United States Capitol. While some demonstrators gathered peacefully, a mob violently stormed the Capitol, endangering the lives and safety of all those in it. The rioters destroyed federal property, unlawfully broke into Capitol building, looted congressional offices, fought against law enforcement, and terrorized lawmakers and Capitol staff. Amid the chaos, five individuals lost their lives. We must be unequivocal in our condemnation of these despicable acts of destruction and terror.

The breach of the Capitol is deeply concerning, and a review is currently underway to examine the failures in securing the Capitol Complex. The Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for funding U.S. Capitol Police, has begun a robust investigation into the emergency response.

We have witnessed a peaceful and orderly transfer of power between presidential administrations for 224 years. The events that unfolded on January 6th represent a stark, dangerous, and sad departure from this precedent, and it will forever be remembered as a dark day in our nation's history. The United States Capitol is the people's house, and the hatred that ensued within its corridors was deeply disturbing to witness firsthand. Peaceful protests are a pillar of democracy and a hallmark of American governance, but destruction crosses the line. Violence and vitriol are not a part of democracy. There are so many ways to disagree and be upset, but violence and destruction are never the answer. Those who wreaked havoc and caused mayhem must be held accountable.

Despite the attempted intimidation, we were not deterred from completing our Constitutional duty. In the early hours of January 7, 2021, Congress accepted the count of the Electoral College votes. Just after 3:40 a.m. Vice President Pence formally declared Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the next President and Vice President of the United States.

We must be clear. Donald Trump incited an invasion of the United States Capitol. He poses a dangerous threat to the American people and our nation, and he needs to be removed from office. It is our hope he immediately resigns or that the Cabinet swiftly invokes the 25th Amendment. If neither occur, Congress is prepared to move forward with every available option, including the 25th Amendment and impeachment, to ensure he no longer endangers our nation.

On January 8, 2021, I cosponsored an impeachment resolution led by U.S. Representative David Cicilline. The resolution will introduce an article of impeachment that charges President Trump with "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States" with his incendiary comments made outside the White House that incited the insurrection at the Capitol. We have a responsibility to protect our democracy, and the sitting president must be held accountable for his intolerable and egregious actions.

Debbie Dingell
Member of Congress

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