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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Statement on the Attacks on the U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement on the attacks on the U.S. Capitol during the Electoral College vote certification. Rep. Lawrence was rushed off the House floor to a safe location after a violent mob broke into the Capitol.

“Today is a dark day for the United States. The violent actions we saw inside the House and Senate Chambers and around the Capitol are downright reprehensible. This is not the America I know and love. I strongly condemn the President and his allies for enabling this dangerous, disgraceful behavior. While inside the House Chamber with my congressional colleagues, we feared for our lives and the lives of our staff, Capitol workers, and Capitol Police. Today is not representative of who we are as a nation. We are better than this. We must be better than this.

“The United States stands as a beacon of hope, progress, and freedom. The very same hope that allows a little Black girl from the eastside of Detroit to walk these sacred Halls of Congress. In the face of adversity, we move forward. We work together, and we must do it together, to build a country that is better for everyone. I will not let today’s incident stop me from serving my constituents, protecting our country, and defending the Constitution of the United States. I’m ready, as I have been since my first day in Congress, to roll up my sleeves and get back to work. We will rise above this, and democracy will win.”