Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement on Congress’s certification of the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the assault on the Capitol instigated by outgoing President Trump and his supporters in Congress:
“Early this morning, the House and Senate fulfilled our Constitutional responsibility and certified the election results from this November’s presidential election, officially confirming that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the Presidential election. This vote should have been historic as the confirmation of our first female, Asian American, and Black Vice President. Instead, it was historic for occurring despite a domestic terror attack on the Capitol by violent supporters of the outgoing President, encouraged and egged on by Trump and his supporters in Congress.
“I want to thank the law enforcement officers who finally were able to regain control of the Capitol to allow us to resume our work. And I want to praise my colleagues who remained steadfast and determined to do our Constitutional duties in the face of this violence which was intended to intimidate and deter us.
“The assault of the Capitol was the direct result of a Republican party that has been willing to indulge white supremacy and conspiracy theories throughout the Trump Presidency. The repeated attempts to undermine confidence in our elections – even after yesterday’s siege ended – are irresponsible and reprehensible. It is beyond tragic that a life was lost yesterday, ending America’s proud history of bloodless transfers of power. This should have been avoided. Yet over half the House Republicans voted to reverse the outcome of this election and some are spreading lies about who was responsible.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have promised to unite us. And I am confident in their leadership. But unless the Republican party is willing to accept responsibility, hold those responsible accountable, and end their incitement and lies, our country remains under threat.”