WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis has offered his thoughts on yesterday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by hundreds of insurgents.

Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general, said:

“Today’s violent assault on our Capitol, an effort to subjugate American democracy by mob rule, was fomented by Mr. Trump. His use of the Presidency to destroy trust in our election and to poison our respect for fellow citizens has been enabled by pseudo political leaders whose names will live in infamy as profiles in cowardice.

“Our Constitution and our Republic will overcome this stain and We the People will come together again in our never-ending effort to form a more perfect Union, while Mr. Trump will deservedly be left a man without a country.”

For many hours on Wednesday, U.S. senators and representatives could not do their job because the Capitol had been stormed by insurgents allied to President Trump. During a joint session of Congress, the lawmakers were supposed to be counting the electoral college votes. However, it was deemed unsafe to do so. 

Later in evening the National Guard restored order and the counting of the votes continued. After all the electoral college votes were counted, President-Elect Joe Biden was confirmed as winner of the 2020 presidential election.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen, issued this statement just before the counting restarted:

“As I witnessed the events of today unfold, my first thought as the doors to the House chamber were breached was about my wife Lorena. Would I return home safely? Is this how far our country has spiraled? Did we experience the past four years and a pandemic for it to end in violence? 

“Today was unprecedented in United States history. We experienced a siege and an insurrection by domestic terrorists on the Capitol that was fomented by a sitting President of the United States. I am shaken to my core, but I am undeterred. 

“As we reconvene this evening, I will reaffirm my commitment to a peaceful transfer of power and the sovereignty of our nation. I will uphold my constitutional duty and certify Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President.”

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo issued this statement:

“We just witnessed a dark day in our country’s history. This was an attack on our democracy and our national security.

“Our current president incited the storming of the United States Capitol. He must be held accountable for the actions that occurred today.

“However, we will not let this lawlessness deter us from fulfilling our constitutional duty to certify the Electoral College. The American people spoke with their ballots and they selected a leader that will unite and restore our republic. Now, it’s our time to finish our job and ensure that on January 20th, there is a peaceful transfer of power and President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in.”

Editor’s Note: The Rio Grande Guardian will bring more reaction to Wednesday’s events at the U.S. Capitol in our next edition. 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis.

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