Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pushing again in opposition to criticism that the United States has was a ‘banana republic’ after Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol.
“The slander reveals a faulty understanding of banana republics and of democracy in America,” Pompeo tweeted in a thread Thursday night. “In a banana republic, mob violence determines the exercise of power. In the United States, law enforcement officials quash mob violence so that the people’s representatives can exercise power in accordance with the rule of law and constitutional government.”
Former President George Bush was fast to make the criticism on Wednesday after the occasions.
“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic,” he stated in an announcement.
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., advised Fox News‘ “The Story” that if anybody was “thinking about moving to a narcos state or banana republic,” Wednesday’s assault was a very good instance of what it could look like.
“That is not America. That is not this idea of America,” Gowdy added. “We’re a nation of laws, we’re not a nation of people who attack law enforcement officers trying to accomplish a goal that was never going to be accomplished in the first place.”
The riot by pro-Trump supporters passed off as a joint session of Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, inflicting lawmakers to enter lockdown. The riot left 4 useless, together with one pro-Trump demonstrator who was shot and killed by Capitol Police, and resulted in at the least 68 arrests, in accordance with Washington police.
Pompeo instantly condemned the violence on Wednesday, calling it “unacceptable.”
“I have traveled to many countries and always support the right of every human being to protest peacefully for their beliefs and their causes,” Pomeo stated. “But violence, putting at risk the safety of others including those tasked with providing security for all of us, is intolerable both at home and abroad.”
He additionally known as for the folks concerned within the riot to be prosecuted.
“Let us swiftly bring justice to the criminals who engaged in this rioting,” he stated.
After the chaos, lawmakers continued the certification means of the Electoral College votes. Some Republicans who initially vowed to problem states’ outcomes resulting from voter fraud issues introduced they’d as a substitute vote to certify.
Vice President Mike Pence, who had introduced he wouldn’t overturn the need of voters, confirmed the Biden victory at 3:41 a.m. ET.
Pompeo famous that Congress’ official certification of electors “shows the strength of American political institutions and represents a victory for the rule of law & constitutional government in America.”
The FBI is asking for assist figuring out individuals who could have been concerned in violent conduct or rioting. Anyone with info is requested to name 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to http://fbi.gov/USCapitol.