Contact: Sasha Tenenbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-887-0146
(Washington, DC) — Yesterday, the historically peaceful and largely symbolic process of transitioning to a new administration was thrown into chaos by an angry mob of Trump supporters. It was a violent act of sedition, encouraged by the President and enabled by other elected officials. It was an act of domestic terrorism, supported by those in this country intent on doing physical harm to the people and to the processes by which our democracy functions. It was an act of racism — clearly displayed through the despicable Confederate flags flying, and the gallows with a noose erected on the grounds.
This has never before happened in American electoral history. It must never happen again. It is up to us to ensure that there are consequences to this sedition and terrorism.
Moms across the country looked on in horror and disgust at the spectacle, and wondered how we might explain this radical and abhorrent behavior to our children. To begin with, we must hold accountable those who let it happen, and helped it happen, on their watch. And those thugs who trespassed and rampaged.
Yesterday’s storming of the Capitol bears zero similarity to protest marches that happen regularly in our country — protests against many different issues. We live in a democracy that allows for peaceful protesting.
Yesterday was violent, destructive, racist, angry, threatening — and dangerous. It was many weeks in the planning. It was invited, incited, and applauded by a lame duck president, refusing to concede, lying about the voting process — a president who looked on at the looting and rioting and did nothing.