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Boyle Statement on U.S. Capitol Attack

January 7, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement:

“The rioting, lawlessness, vandalism and violence perpetrated upon the Capitol yesterday was shocking – but not surprising. Indeed, it was the culmination of what this president preached about on his Inauguration Day four long years ago. This was truly, lamentably, American carnage.
“From the day he announced his candidacy by slurring minorities, this president has reveled in watching the world burn. His mendacity, his smears, his unwavering commitment to plumb ever-lower depths of partisanship and division have led to this sad moment in American history.

“No one who has been paying attention to his relentless attacks on democracy and the electoral process should be surprised that his despotic, thinly veiled fomenting of insurrection resulted in a mob of his cult of personality taking his words to their illogical conclusion by storming the very halls of American democracy, shredding belongings, norms and American values as they rampaged. These very thugs, who just moments earlier were screaming ‘Stop the steal’ in their baseless protest of the safest and most secure election in American history, then proceeded to … steal from the Capitol themselves in their criminal attacks.

“Those who committed these atrocities must be held responsible. By all available legal means, they should be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These are not protesters. These are not patriots. These are thugs, goons, criminals and, most despicably, they are domestic terrorists.

“I am ever grateful to those who worked to secure the Capitol so that we could return to doing the work of the people. We will not stop doing the people’s business, and we will not be intimidated by those who are trying to destroy democracy.

“As the Constitution laid out, and as the will of the American voters dictated, we gathered to finish certifying the legal and just victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. And, despite their misguided efforts, the rioting mobsters failed their mission.

“These past few months have continually put me in mind of what Benjamin Franklin said to a person who asked him after the Constitutional Convention of 1787, ‘Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?’ Franklin’s oft-repeated reply: ‘A republic, if you can keep it.’
“We can keep it. Not only will we do so, but we will continue to do our best to make the greatest country in the world even better. We are a country built on adversity. And we will build on this adversity.”