Mecklenburg County Commissioners speak out on Capitol Breach
Thursday, January 7, 2021, Mecklenburg County Commissioner’s Mark Jerrell, and Laura Meier released the following statement:
Yesterday, both chambers of Congress met to formally count and certify the Electoral college votes- President-Elect Biden’s 306 electoral votes, and Trump’s 232 electoral votes; the result of our free and fair election held on November 3, 2020.
During the process of completing their constitutional responsibility, one of the most recognized symbols representing the /American people and democratic government was attacked in an extraordinary act of violence orchestrated y a mob of extremists.
What transpired is shameful and was a weak attempt to disguise racism under the cover of outrage. These actions can also be tied directly to the reckless rhetoric of the President and others who have been fixated on fanning the flames of division and appealing to our lowest impulses.
Many have been especially disheartened as they witnessed the stark contrast in response and reaction by the President, elected leaders and law enforcement to the protests that were sparked as a reaction to racial injustice. This hypocrisy has been laid bare for the world to see.
Considering what has transpired, we strongly denounce yesterday’s actions and the attempt to shake the foundations of our democracy by disrupting the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power. We remain unified in our commitment to being strong voices for truth and justice or all people who we are elected to serve.