The events of January 6 will go down in history books for decades to come. As lawmakers reviewed the results of the electoral college, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol. Rioters eventually surged through several federal buildings and lawmakers were evacuated to off-site locations. Around the country, celebrities, politicians and others reacted to the incident. Joining in, former President Barack Obama offered his thoughts on the matter.
"History will rightly remember today's violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation," former President Barack Obama.
"For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem have too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we're seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo,"
The best-selling author did not stop at addressing the President and supporters. He also took at aim Republican members of Congress for their actions.
"Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America," he continued.
"Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who've refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably," he stated.
"We need more leaders like these — right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It's up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal."
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