The following is a statement from Michelle Tremillo, executive director of Texas Organizing Project (TOP), in response to the chaos and violence that transpired today in Washington D.C. at the hands of President Trump’s supporters:
“What President Trump and his Republican enablers like Senator Ted Cruz incited today in Washington was nothing short of white nationalist violence. Still unable to accept his electoral defeat, Trump has escalated his demagoguery to dangerous new heights by coddling far-right insurrectionists, encouraging an attempted coup, and as a result, must be removed from office for the safety and wellbeing of our country.
“In addition, we demand Senator Cruz’s resignation for adamantly defending the president’s baseless and dangerous claims that the 2020 general election was stolen, helping set the table for today’s disgusting display of white supremacy in action.
“To see a violent horde of white men storm through the halls of the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the will of voters should sicken every American and send chills down our spines. We also must recognize the racist double standard here: had this been a predominantly Black or Latino group demonstrating for an actual just cause, law enforcement would have shot rubber bullets, tackled dozens to the ground, and forcibly started making arrests before they even approached the steps of Capitol Hill.
“From his corruption, to his incompetence, to his cruelty, the nightmare that has been Trump’s presidency cannot end soon enough. We must close the chapter on this authoritarian-in-the-making and his far-right loyalists.”
Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.
This press release was sent out January 11, 2021.