Congressman Lowenthal Statement On Storming Of U.S. Capitol Building By Mob

January 6, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, issued the following statement on the storming and occupation of the U.S. Capitol Building by supporters of President Trump:

"This was a frightening day, for me, and for our country.  Marauding rioters, who in their own words were intent on overthrowing the government, invaded and occupied the U.S. Capitol, a sacred space that belongs to every American.

"I know we will survive this crisis, together. Our democracy, our Constitution, and our rule of law—the things that make us Americans—are stronger than any building. Even in the face of terror, Democrats and Republicans will come together to ensure that Joe Biden, who overwhelmingly and clearly won the election, will take office on January 20th. We will not be intimidated.

"The full force of the law should be brought against anyone who participated in this attempted coup.  Everyone who tried to disrupt the democratic process, damaged property, and put lives at risk must be held accountable. That includes President Trump, whose blatant lies motivated the violence, and whose rhetoric encouraged it—even as violence raged. He must be held accountable.

"Congress must impeach and remove the president immediately. He is an imminent danger to our country, and we cannot allow him to further damage our republic. He cannot be allowed to pardon his allies, to encourage violence, or to further disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Even one more day in office is a risk we cannot afford.

"I thank the men and women of the Capitol Police for their efforts, and to the brave staff, and press who did their duty under these dangerous conditions."