Rioting and looting in our nation’s Capitol

Our democracy was assaulted this week when a violent mob stormed the United States Capitol during the certification of the electoral votes. This was a shocking and unprecedented incident in the history of the country.

This insurrection was an attack on democracy and should be condemned and rejected by every American. The United States Constitution made the right to free speech the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights, but what happened Wednesday is a violent assault on the democracy each of us cherishes and seeks to protect.

The peaceful transfer of power has been a foundation and hallmark of presidential elections, and everyone must be committed to this tradition. The Senate DFL is committed to upholding the results of the free and fair election that was just held, which made Joe Biden the President-Elect of the U.S. The courts have litigated challenges justly, so if this is a nation of law and order, these results must be respected.

Federal, State, and Local level governments have a duty to protect democracy and the safety of our communities. This week’s domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol is heartbreaking and should be considered nothing less than an act of sedition. We are grateful for the Capitol Police officers who are working to keep members, staff, and the Capitol safe and hope for the safety of those at risk.

Each member of the Legislature swore an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Minnesota, and to faithfully discharge the duties of their office. Each of us, not just legislators, but citizens throughout the country, have a duty to stand up and reject any attempt to subvert our constitution or our great democracy.

A letter signed by all 31 members of the State Senate DFL Caucus was sent to President Trump condemning the violence and sedition witnessed yesterday at the U.S. Capitol. It was also sent to representatives of the state’s federal delegation.