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DeFazio Leads 65 Members in Calling on President Trump to Resign Immediately Following Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

Jan 12, 2021
Press Release

Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) led 65 members in calling on President Trump to resign immediately after he incited last Wednesday’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

In a letter to President Trump, the members wrote,

“As your role in inciting Wednesday’s violent assault on the Legislative Branch, the rule of law, and the will of the people showed, you are unwilling, or unable, to uphold the oath of office to defend the Constitution. Your continued occupancy of the office you now hold is a threat to our democracy, national security, and the safety of all Americans…For far too long, your lies and blatant disregard for the rule of law have trampled the Constitution, embarrassed our nation, and stained the dignity of the office of the Presidency.  For the good of the country and the American people, resign.”

On Wednesday, January 6, President Trump incited a violent mob of insurrectionists, white supremacists, and more to storm the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress’s constitutional certification of the Electoral College votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, falsely claiming that the presidential election had been stolen from him. There has been zero evidence of widespread fraud in November’s presidential election, and Trump’s legal challenges have been overwhelmingly rejected and disproven by state and local elections officials, federal judges that Trump himself appointed, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Officials from Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security have declared the November 3rd election to be the most secure in American history.

The violence at the Capitol has led to the death of at least six individuals, including U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. Instead of condemning the mob and demanding they disperse, President Trump released a video online declaring, “We love you. You are very special.”

This week, DeFazio will vote in support of articles of impeachment against the President for his role in Wednesday’s attacks.

For a PDF version of the letter, click here.