As the “Save America” rally in support of President Donald Trump turned into a riot inside and outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, January 6, resulting in the death of one rioter, the Reverend Al Sharpton expressed his disgust in an emailed statement to Heavy.
“There could be no greater proof the horrifying chaos we are winessing that President Trump is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the civil rights activist, National Action Network founder and MSNBC personality wrote.
“He has constructed an alternate reality of conspiracy theories and wishful thinking and has deployed a lawless mob to enforce it to him.”
We had over 200,000 people March on Washington last August. Not one incident or arrest. Compare that to the bedlam unleashed today in DC and ask yourself. Who are the real patriots? pic.twitter.com/DnCG0TR1OM
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 6, 2021
“It may well be that President Trump believes the fantasies he has woven about his electoral defeat, but his enablers in Congress surely know better and they must face consequences for the disaster they have wrought,” Sharpton wrote.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs Also Condemned the ‘Violent Insurrection’
JCPA condemns violence and disruption of peaceful transition of power https://t.co/zTEgLrHnLa
— Jewish Council for Public Affairs (@theJCPA) January 7, 2021
Earlier Wednesday, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the network hub of 125 local Jewish community relations councils and 16 national Jewish agencies, also condemned the riots in Washington. “JCPA strongly condemns the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol Building,” read a statement from the organization. The statement continued:
This was a direct assault on our democratic process, and nothing less than an attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power in a presidential election and an act of sedition. We urge in the strongest possible terms that President Trump and others immediately cease incendiary rhetoric and restore order. We urge members of Congress and other responsible elected officials to speak out against the violence and immediately cease all questioning the legitimacy of the election. Those who have broken the law must be held accountable for their actions. We thank Capitol Police and law enforcement for putting themselves in harm’s way and keeping our elected officials and their staff safe. We urge Americans to stand together against politically motivated violence and for our democracy.
Trump Spoke About ‘Weak’ & ‘Pathetic’ Republicans Before His Supporters Turned Violent at the Capitol
The violence on Capitol Hill began after Trump’s “Save America March” outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon, where he again refused to concede and urged Congress not to certify the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
While speaking, Trump admonished Republicans Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, and Bill Barr, as well as the Supreme Court, for not overturning his election loss to Joe Biden.
“They’re weak Republicans, they’re pathetic Republicans,” Trump said.
“If they don’t fight, we have to primary the hell out of the ones that don’t fight. … We’re gonna let you know who they are.”
Trump also addressed Vice President Mike Pence. “Mike Pence, I hope you’re gonna stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country,” he said.
“And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you, I will tell you right now. I’m not hearing good stories.”
Trump has less than two weeks left in office. President-elect Joe Biden will nominate federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, according to reports.
Additionally, Biden is expected to appoint Lisa Monaco to serve as deputy attorney general, Kristen Clarke to lead Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general.