Butterfield Statement on Congress Certifying the Electoral Votes and Rioters in the U.S. Capitol

Jan 7, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement on the Joint Session of Congress’ completion of the electoral count, confirming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President of the United States and the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol incited by President Trump:

“Yesterday, I stood with the American people to affirm the Electoral College vote and reject the attempts by Congressional Republicans to overturn their wishes.  With over 81 million votes cast and each state’s Electoral College votes certified, the American electorate spoke loudly and clearly in selecting Joe Biden as the next President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as the Vice President.

“It is shameful that many Republicans in Congress and President Trump have refused to respect the will of the people and recognize the election results.  Instead, President Trump and his allies have pushed wild conspiracy theories and unfounded claims of election fraud, which undermine faith in our representative democracy.  President Trump and his allies have brought more than 60 lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 election and all have failed. 

“The words and actions of the President and his allies culminated in a dark and shameful day of American history.  Rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol complex, disrupted official work and desecrated the building.  Death, destruction and assault on our democracy were the result of the actions of this mob incited by President Trump.  What we have seen over the last few weeks rises to the level of impeachable conduct.  The president is unstable, which should alarm his family, his cabinet, and supporters.  Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient time to engage in an impeachment proceeding.  However, the Presidential cabinet should immediately discuss invoking the 25th Amendment.  The American people deserve better.”