Harrisburg, PA - Treasurer Torsella today issued the following statement in response to the violent assault today at the United States Capitol.
“As an elected official, and American citizen, I am calling—as every elected official should—for an immediate and complete end to the violent insurrection currently underway at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., and to the reprehensible incitement of it by President Trump.
“Included in the personnel locked down in the Capitol, we have elected officials—and their respective staffs—that have been sent there by Pennsylvanians through peaceful and fair elections. They are there to do the People’s business, to serve their constituents—our friends, neighbors, and families – and today, to discharge their Constitutional duty.
“These public servants are currently under siege by those who have abandoned peaceful protest and have turned to violence to subvert democracy, incite fear and threaten the safety of those they disagree with.
“These people need to immediately leave the United States Capitol. The President of the United States needs to demand that they do so and say clearly at long last to his supporters that no election was “fraudulent” or “stolen.” The only attempt to subvert an election is the shameful events we are seeing today, and have seen for past weeks. As the person most responsible for inciting this violence, he needs to end it, and should bear the consequences of his actions.
“When building the National Constitution Center and filling its halls, I never thought I would witness a moment like today, an attack not just on our institutions, but on the idea of our democracy itself. Our future is supposed to be better than the darkest days of our past, and it will be again. This should never have happened. All American leaders at all levels of government should do everything they can to put a stop to it, resolve that we will never allow it to happen again, and reclaim our identity as a constitutional democracy that is better than this disgraceful scene.”
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Joe Torsella