The Montgomery County Council formally voiced its full support for the U.S. House of Representatives’ resolution to impeach President Donald Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., occurred while federal lawmakers formally counted electoral votes to finalize President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential win. The counting had to be delayed as the Capitol went into lockdown and lawmakers were evacuated.
Biden’s win was confirmed before 4 a.m. on Thursday, following the riot. There has been no credible evidence of election fraud as Trump and his supporters have claimed.
Rioters breached the Capitol after attending Trump’s speech at a rally earlier in the day.
A vote on impeachment is expected on Wednesday.
In its statement Tuesday afternoon, the all-Democratic County Council said it supports charging Trump with inciting an insurrection and accusing him of endangering the country’s democracy.
Trump, a Republican, urged attendees at his rally to march to the Capitol and should “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard.
“You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong,” he said at the rally.
After the breach of the Capitol, Trump released a video and asked the mob to go home while still insisting that he, not Biden, won the election.
He has since been suspended from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
“Instead of preserving, protecting, and defending the U.S. Constitution, President Trump and his surrogates fomented political unrest in an attempt to overturn a fair and free election,” the council’s statement said. “Every day he remains in office, he poses a threat to the health and welfare of the American people, puts the security at risk, and damages our nation’s standing in the world.”
In the statement, the council thanked congressional leaders who “honored their commitments to the American people” by certifying the victory of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Biden and Harris are scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 20.
During the breach of the Capitol, 53 Montgomery County police officers from the department’s special events response team were sent to D.C. to help respond as part of a mutual aid agreement with D.C. police.
“In addition, we are thankful for our law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel who answered the call to restore the orderly and peaceful operations of government at the U.S. Capitol,” the council’s statement said.
“We know that brighter days lie ahead. The light of democracy cannot be extinguished by an angry mob or the rhetoric of a spiteful, irrational leader , especially when most Americans hold firm to the principles of fairness, justice, and the rule of law. We look forward to beginning a new chapter in our nation’s history focused on healing, renewal, and the common good.”
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