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For more than 200 years our nation’s democracy has been guided by a fundamental principal, the peaceful transition of power.
Tragically, on January 6th, President Trump’s consistent and dangerous rhetoric about the process and outcome of the presidential election, shared by his political allies, incited a violent and angry mob of domestic terrorists to storm through the U.S. Capitol, the “People’s House,” in an attack that led to destruction and death, and plunged our country into another crisis of historic magnitude.
As the focal point of the government’s Legislative Branch, the U.S. Capitol is where the Senate and the House of Representatives come together to discuss, debate and deliberate national policy; develop consensus; and craft the country's laws. Our national legislative process upholds the sacredness of America’s Constitution. On January 6th, just as Congress convened to validate the presidential victory of President-Elect Joe Biden, unspeakable chaos ensued in an unsuccessful effort to stop the Constitutional exchange of power.
All Americans must stand united against violence and those who would seek to undermine our nation’s political process. America is a nation of laws and every person who took part in the violent attacks on our Nation’s Capital must be brought to justice.
The Council commends the brave response of Prince George’s County first responders who answered the call for mutual aid in the region to help protect our neighboring District of Columbia and its residents.
We will continue to pray for our nation.