A reprehensible attack on our democracy

(Washington) — Open The Government released the following statement from Lisa Rosenberg, executive director, in response to the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier today:

“The insurrection on Capitol Hill that prevented the Electoral College vote count is a reprehensible attack on our democracy and a serious threat to our nation. The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to peaceful protest. However, a riot against a constitutionally protected process and the peaceful transfer of power is unsanctionable.”

“Donald Trump’s sustained but unsuccessful efforts to overturn the election outcome and stoke political division led to this appalling miscarriage of the freedom of expression Americans witnessed today. Congress must hold him accountable to the fullest extent of the law once it can safely reconvene.”

Contact: Ufuoma Otu, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 332-0251
Email: uotu@openthegovernment.org