To President Donald J Trump:
On January 6, 2021, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., vandalized public buildings, endangered the lives of lawmakers, staff, and the general public, and jeopardized the peaceful transfer of Presidential power.
The U.S. Constitution made the right to free speech the very first amendment in our Bill of Rights, but the behavior at the U.S. Capitol was a violent assault on our democracy that should be condemned and rejected by every American.
All lawmakers have a duty at the Federal, State, and Local level to uphold their oath of office to protect our Constitution, democracy, and the safety of our communities. 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.
The peaceful transfer of power has been a foundation and hallmark of our democracy including presidential elections. DFL Senators are committed to upholding the results of the free and fair election that was just held. Each member of the Minnesota 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.
DFL Senators condemn the violent behavior in our nation’s capital on January 6th, and we reject any attempt to subvert our state or our nation’s Constitution or our great democracy.