WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers says Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet should consider invoking the 25th Amendment in order to preserve democracy in the United States.

The group is the largest manufacturing association in the nation, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

NAM’s president and CEO is Jay Timmons. He released a statement Wednesday after insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to block the counting of electoral college votes. 

Timmons said:

“Armed violent protestors who support the baseless claim by outgoing president Trump that he somehow won an election that he overwhelmingly lost have stormed the U.S. Capitol today, attacking police officers and first responders, because Trump refused to accept defeat in a free and fair election. 

“Throughout this whole disgusting episode, Trump has been cheered on by members of his own party, adding fuel to the distrust that has enflamed violent anger. This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous. This is sedition and should be treated as such. The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. 

“Anyone indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit. Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy.

“This is not the vision of America that manufacturers believe in and work so hard to defend. Across America today, millions of manufacturing workers are helping our nation fight the deadly pandemic that has already taken hundreds of thousands of lives. We are trying to rebuild an economy and save and rebuild lives. 

“But none of that will matter if our leaders refuse to fend off this attack on America and our democracy—because our very system of government, which underpins our very way of life, will crumble.”

Manufacturing employs more than 12.1 million men and women, contributes $2.35 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62 percent of private-sector research and development. 

NAM is considered a powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM visit www.nam.org.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. 


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