On January 13, 2021

Joint resolution (J.R.H. 1)

Whereas, on January 6, 2021, President Donald J. Trump addressed thousands of supporters, urging them to go to the U.S. Capitol in support of his false claim that he won the 2020 presidential election, and

Whereas, the President’s supporters marched to the Capitol and violently stormed the building, attacking police officers, ransacking offices, terrorizing the members of Congress, and forcing the stoppage of the certification of President-elect Biden’s electoral victory, and four people died as a result of the violence, and

Whereas, the actions of this mob were not just criminal and lawless, they constituted a direct attack upon our democracy, and

Whereas, this attack was instigated by President Donald Trump, who is attempting to overturn the results of a fair and free election that he lost in order to keep himself in power, and

Whereas, Governor Phil Scott forcefully stated that “The fabric of our democracy and the principles of our republic are under attack by the President” and called for President Trump to resign or be removed from office, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly condemns the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 as an attack on democracy, and be it further Resolved: That the General Assembly calls for President Donald J. Trump to resign or to be removed from office by his Cabinet or by the Congress, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Michael Pence, and the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

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