Email from Congresswoman Lauren Underwood:
|Hi Neighbor, |
It has been a deeply dark week for our country.
It is the honor of my life to walk into the Capitol and serve the people of the 14th District of Illinois.
The acts of violence attacking the U.S. Capitol —the global symbol of our republic—in an attempt to overthrow our democracy in the name of so-called patriotism were an infuriating, heartbreaking, and un-American disgrace.
The insurrection was a result of more than just years of inflammatory rhetoric, but elected leaders capitalizing on hate and anti-democratic anger.
There should be no historical sanctuary for those who ignited this fire.
But terrorists will not win, and democracy will prevail.
Following the attack, as soon as we were safely able, Congress fulfilled our sacred, Constitutionally-directed responsibility to certify the will of the American people and their choice in selecting President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to lead this country
Let’s be clear: the violent, treasonous attack on the United States Congress was incited by the President of the United States.
By his own admission, he sought to overturn an election and the will of the American people.
Our democracy is at stake and we cannot wait until Inauguration Day to see him removed from office—it must be immediate.
This week, we were reminded that our democracy is fragile—let us never forget what makes this country great and may we all, together, fight for it every day.