In response to the violence in the Capitol yesterday, Texas Democrats linked the destruction to Trump’s refusal to accept the election outcome and avowed to fulfill their constitutional duties.
Over the past weeks, Trump has called upon his supporters to rally in Washington, D.C. On 18 December he tweeted, “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” On Sunday, he encouraged his supporters’ protests against the vote certification, writing on Twitter, “I will be there. Historic day!”
In a later video message, Trump told supporters to “go home in peace,” but appeared to offer encouragement to his supporters: “We love you. You’re very special.”
Democrats have since spoken out against the President on Twitter, with many charging him with sedition. Most reaffirmed their commitment to a peaceful transfer of power and avowed to fulfill their constitutional duties.
“This is the chaos and lawlessness @realDonaldTrump has created,” wrote Rep. Veronica Escobar (D).
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) reported “Trump’s army is still attacking.”
Following earlier calls for Sen. Ted Cruz to resign after he objected to Joe Biden’s victory, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D) accused the President of inciting a coup attempt.
Rep. Marc Veasey (D) responded to the events on Twitter: “President Trump’s assault on our democracy has caused the violence that is happening outside the US Capitol right now. My staff and I are safe and we thank the Capitol Police for protecting us. Now is the time to come together—not fan the dangerous flames of division.”
Rep. Colin Allred (D) shared a statement which described yesterday’s events as the culmination of the President’s solicitation of disinformation and refusal to accept election results. He demanded: “For the safety of all Americans, our democracy, and the future prosperity of our nation, President Trump and his allies in Congress must accept the results of the presidential election and move forward with a peaceful transfer of power.”
In a tweet, Rep. Al Green (D) directly addressed the President and demanded that he “call on YOUR supporters to stop this madness that YOU incited! The Constitution intended a peaceful transfer of power. This is seditious. Only a dictator or would-be dictator would encourage this. Which are you?”
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) said the pro-Trump rally that took place earlier Wednesday likely “sent a strong message to a lot of the folks here.” Cuellar then reprimanded Trump for being “quick to call the National Guard…when the left was protesting,” but not responding with the same urgency to condemn his own supporters.
Reactions from Texas Democrats aligned with sentiment across the party. As of Thursday morning, Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are amongst 17 House Democrats calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.