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Saunders: Wednesday was ‘one of the darkest days in American history’

A pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
By AFSCME Staff ·

AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement condemning Wednesday’s events in Washington:

“Yesterday was one of the darkest days in American history. What we saw at the U.S. Capitol was insurrection, sedition and terror enabled by the president of the United States. The 1.4 million members of AFSCME, who dedicate their lives to strengthening their communities instead of trying to tear violently at the national fabric, roundly condemn these acts of vandalism against our democracy.

“In the end, our institutions were resilient, with Congress finishing its business at hand last night. In 13 days, at that same U.S. Capitol, we will celebrate democracy with the swearing-in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who will do everything in their power to restore dignity to the presidency and to unify the nation.”

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