Hours after rioters overtake Capitol, Congress moves ahead with confirmation of President-Elect Biden
Texas — The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, Jolt’s Interim Executive Director, on the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol today and delayed the electoral confirmation vote of President-Elect Joe Biden:
“As Congress confirms the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, let us remember the historic mandate with which American voters are ushering in our new President and Vice President, respectively. The election has officially given the Democratic Party full power over the House, Senate and the Presidency, and now Democrats must deliver on the promises they made to the people during the campaign trail — passing comprehensive immigration reform, being on the front lines of climate justice, improving access to quality and affordable healthcare, and making college more affordable for everyone. Our newly elected Democratic majority in Congress must meet this momentous time in history by delivering big, structural changes to our country.
“The acts we witnessed today are not reflective of our nation as a whole. They showcased a desperate attempt by a bigoted minority to cling to power rather than come to terms with their loss, and with the reality that a new era of equality is on the horizon.
“Today, the sitting president provoked an attack on our democracy, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Senator Ted Cruz enabled it. Today’s attack on our people, our country, and our public servants was brought on by a president who refuses to accept the will of the American people — that Joe Biden will be our 46th President. This is what domestic terrorism looks like: an angry mob of armed people inside of our Capitol, threatening our own government.
“It’s deeply shameful for Texans that one of our Senators is complicit in this attempt to thwart democracy. We call on Senator Cruz to resign. His act has brought shame to the state of Texas, and he has broken his commitment to upholding our democracy.
“These attempts to thwart democracy show us there is much work to be done in Texas to ensure we elect public servants who respect the will of the people. As the largest Latinx civic engagement organization, we commit to doubling down on our efforts to ensure we register every eligible Latinx voter and encourage them to actively participate in the electoral process. The best way to prevent our nation from electing another narcissistic, sycophantic leader bent on undermining the will of the people is to ensure every Texan gets involved in the electoral process and votes for leaders who will work for the people.”