Perez, Garcia, Ruiz react to Capitol raid, Washington DC violence: Area representatives voice outrage on social media

In response to the fatal raid on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, some area representatives issued public statements on social media condemning actions of the rioters – several of whom are now being arrested or sought by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) – as well as the conduct of President Donald Trump in the lead-up to the day’s violence:

Riverside County Chair and 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez

12:50 p.m. – Jan. 6, 2021

Wow! I just came into my Riverside office and I am now watching the news.

What President (Donald) Trump has brought to our country of laws and democracy is shameful, embarrassing, appalling and not acceptable. The world is watching and those that hate our country are loving this repulsive action by Trump supporters and Trump himself.

This never happened with black lives matter. And this act of rebellion is now ok all of a sudden?

People from the BLM movement would have been shot or tear gassed.

Have the people of the right lost faith in our democracy to the point that they are willing to tear it down? My god!

This is treason and an act against our institution of democracy.

Words do matter. And so do our actions. I ask people to stay safe, to be peaceful and to act with respect to others. I am sorry to see all this. I am heartbroken.

But as I’m seeing all this on the news, I am also hopeful for a better future that is coming with President elect Biden and Vice President Harris.

California 56th District Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia

9:46 p.m. – Jan. 6, 2021

We will not be shaken. This violent attack on our democracy does not reflect who we are as a nation. The American people have already spoken to declare their will. This brutal unrest will not drown out the voices of our American voters who turned out in unprecedented numbers to embrace a message of unity and direct our country away from division towards justice and healing.

This is not how we settle our differences with one another, and we are counting on our leaders to bring us together and move us forward. Thank you, Congressman Juan Vargas and Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, for leading by example, representing our community with honor, and their unwavering defense of our Constitution. Praying for the continued safety of everyone. Peace must always prevail.

California 36th District Congress Rep. Dr. Raul Ruiz

10:42 a.m. – Jan. 6, 2021

I’m on my way to the House floor to make manifest the beauty of our Democracy and the will of the people, to defend the constitution, ratify the electoral college, and demonstrate the genius of our founding fathers for a moment such as this, and the dignity of our American ideal and spirit.

3:22 p.m. – Jan. 6, 2021

I am safe and in a secure location following the guidance of the Capitol police. We will not allow today’s assault on our democracy to deter us from carrying out our constitutional duties. We will continue the work of the American people.

6:42 p.m. – Jan. 6, 2021

There is no act of violence that will deter the will of the people in a strong Democracy, no threat will impede the fulfillment of our Oath to protect the Constitution. I was one of the last to be evacuated from the House floor and now I’m going back to finish the work of the people in the people’s House and ratify the electoral college. I love our nation and what we stand for, now more than ever.

Jan. 8, 2021

Two days ago, a rampaging mob incited by the President and determined to overturn our free and fair elections attacked the U.S. Capitol. Not only did they damage the Capitol and everything it stands for, their violent actions caused five deaths, including one police officer who risked his life to protect our sacred Democracy.

In the words of Republican Senator Mitt Romney, this was “an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.” The criminals who broke into the Capitol were inspired, directed, and encouraged by Donald Trump and the members of Congress who aid and abet him.

Donald Trump has once again proven that he is an immediate threat to our Democracy and the Constitution. As a result, I strongly support his immediate impeachment and removal from office. As an elected official, I have sworn an oath to protect our Democracy. I must fulfill that oath by supporting the impeachment of Donald Trump. Although his term is near its end, it is clear that every moment he remains in office, America is at risk. He must be removed immediately.

California 28th District Senator Melissa Melendez

Jan. 8, 2021

Twitter has lopped off 3,000 of my followers in the last 24 hours.

Fascinating.

On Jan. 8, Twitter “permanently suspended” Trump’s account from its platform citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

In the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Vice President Mike Pence announced President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the winners of the historic November 2020 election following the formal congressional count of electoral votes.

Biden and Harris’ inauguration is currently scheduled for Jan. 20.

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