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MEDIA STATEMENT: On today’s events at the U.S. Capitol

Media statement from Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, in response to the events today at the U.S. Capitol during the counting of the Electoral College vote:

“Let us be clear. The events unfolding today at the U.S. Capitol are the result of the demagoguery of one man, President Trump, and the failure of all those – politicians, media, family, and more – who excused, overlooked, dismissed or otherwise encouraged the hateful and divisive rhetoric that have defined this president’s term in office. Those who could have and should have held this president accountable did just the opposite for the past four years – often with designs on advancing their own agendas – and today’s ugly, shameful incidents at the U.S. Capitol were the sad, predictable outcome of this abdication of responsibility.

“In the book of the prophet Hosea, God warns ‘When they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind.’ For those Members of Congress who have supported this president at every turn, the belated pleas for peace, appeals for respect, and admonitions against violence coming now when they feel themselves directly threatened ring hollow and empty. Maybe today’s events will serve as a moment of conversion for some; maybe this moment may serve to give pause to the worst impulses of our national character. Only time will tell. The words and actions of our elected leaders moving forward will tell the tale of what impact today’s events have.”