Montclair Township Mayor and Council shared this statement Thursday in response to the attack on the United States Capitol Wednesday.
Yesterday was a very sad and difficult day for our country. The scenes from the U.S. Capitol were extremely distressing and disheartening to watch.
We strongly condemn the criminal actions we saw from the violent mob that stormed and ravaged the Capitol in an attempt to undermine our democratic institutions, overturn a freely and fairly conducted election, and impede what should have been the peaceful transfer of power. There is simply no excuse for what the world witnessed yesterday. Those responsible for this violent insurrection must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
We are thankful that the members of Congress were able to safely and determinately complete their constitutionally mandated task of confirming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our new President and Vice President. In two weeks, with their inauguration, they will begin fulfilling the moral and political mandate to “comfort a bruised and angry nation.”
As government officials, we have an obligation to be voices of reason and calm in times of crisis. It is our hope that in the coming days our nation can begin to heal and work toward bridging the deep rift that has torn our country further and further apart during the past several years. We must work together to do all we can to make our great nation whole again.