Local and state leaders react to situation at U.S. Capitol

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Local and state leaders are weighing in on the current protests happening at the Capitol in D.C.

“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer.

“The quickest and most effective way – it can be done today – to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer

“There is no justification for the lawlessness and chaos that descended on our U.S. Capitol yesterday. The scenes of mayhem horrified me, as they did all law-abiding citizens. While peaceful protests are a constitutional right, violence and mob rule have no place in the United States of America.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones yesterday, those who were injured, and our congressional colleagues who were subject to an unprecedented assault. There will be time later on to examine what went wrong and why such a large segment of our electorate experienced such a dangerous level of disenfranchisement, but right now is a time to heal and move forward.”

Sen. George Borrello

The cornerstone of our democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. We must call this what it actually is: a failed attempt at a coup. This is the final chapter of an incompetent, cruel, and divisive administration that has trampled on the Constitution and the rule of law at every turn, and we won’t let President Trump, the members of Congress who enable him, or the lawless mob that stormed our nation’s Capitol steal our democracy. The election results are clear and the will of the American people will be carried out.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

I condemn the violence and destruction that is taking place in our nation’s capital in the strongest possible terms. While our country cherishes peaceful protest, this current behavior is unacceptable and has no place in a democracy. I urge all protestors to immediately and peacefully leave the Capitol building and the surrounding area and to follow the instructions of law enforcement personnel.”

Congressman Chris Jacobs

The US Capitol is a sacred space – a building at the literal center of our capital and central to our democracy. The actions of protestors today, egged on by the outgoing President to disrupt the certification of electoral votes of what is a ceremonial formality, should be seen by all Americans as a challenge to the legitimacy of our democracy. This is domestic terrorism, and it has no place in America.

Congressman Brian Higgins

The coup attempt initiated by outgoing President Trump has been despicable. Today, it became violent. If blood is shed, it will be on his hands. These actions, fueled by lies and wild conspiracy theories espoused by President Trump, must be unequivocally condemned by every corner of our society.“Ultimately, I am confident the rule of law will prevail. Joe Biden, our duly elected president, will assume office on January 20th and history will remember this as a sad but unsuccessful attempt to destroy our democratic republic.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James

Violence such as what we are seeing at the Capitol is absolutely unacceptable. We must de-escalate the situation immediately. We are Americans and do not do this. My heart breaks for our nation right now. Our country and its beautiful democracy is better than this. Our Constitution calls for the civil transition of power and though we may not agree with the election results, we must agree to always act with honor and civility towards all. We believe in the right to peacefully protest, but we must emphatically reject these horrible instances of physical attacks on our governing institutions and let democracy proceed.”

Representative Tom Reed

Today a mob invaded the U.S. Capitol, fueled by lies from Congressman Chris Jacobs and others about the 2020 election. By supporting the effort for Congress to overturn the election, Congressman Jacobs and those who joined him have betrayed their oaths and disgraced their offices. It is absolutely shameful. I do not even recognize the Chris Jacobs I used to know. Is this what Chris Jacobs really believes or is he just doing this to win votes from the extreme right of his party? With the election over, and Donald Trump on his way out of office, what is Congressman Jacobs’ continued reasoning for supporting the despicable behavior of Donald Trump? Is the supposed “moderate” Chris Jacobs ever going to come back? Time will tell. Despite the efforts of violent terrorists who attacked the Capitol, Joe Biden will be sworn in as President and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as Vice President on January 20th. Democracy perseveres.”

Senator Sean Ryan

The lawlessness and chaos that erupted at the U.S. Capitol today are truly horrifying. As we watch the violent disruptions to the certification of the presidential election, we ardently hope for a swift and peaceful return to order in our nation’s capital. May our elected officials, law enforcement and the public remain safe, and may all those who have been injured heal quickly. As we look beyond this dark day, may each of us do our part to uphold our nation’s cherished ideals and work tirelessly and peacefully to mend the divisions that threaten them.”

UB President Satish Tripathi 

The acts of vandalism and violence that occurred in our Nation’s Capitol today will be viewed as one of the most shameful attempts to undermine the principles and values of our democracy in American history. Tonight, however, I am proud of the public servants that returned to their Chambers to uphold their Constitutional responsibilities and fulfill their duties to the American people. After a very dark day, tonight the beauty and power of our American Democracy is shining through.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

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