Congresswoman Beatty Reflects, Reacts to Failed Insurrection During Electoral College Certification
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s failed insurrection instigated by President Donald J. Trump during the meeting of the Electoral College:
“The terrorist attack at the Capitol was an assault on our democracy and every American. For the last four years, Trump has used the office of the presidency to divide us, spread lies and far-flung conspiracies, give credence to the darkest corners of the Internet, and feed his ego. What we witnessed yesterday was unbelievable, un-American, and a manifestation of all that is wretched about Donald Trump. That is why I call on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to immediately invoke the 25th Amendment and for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the serious break down in police protection, preparedness, response, and conduct during the attack. The video tapes of police opening barricade gates, taking photos, and allowing rioters to scale the Capitol building is truly unfathomable—especially considering the overly aggressive, militarized response to Black Lives Matter protests this past summer nationwide.”