IAFF Statement on Unsettling Incident at U.S. Capitol

January 8 • 2021

The attack on the United States Capitol yesterday by a mob brought to a frenzy by the demagoguery and irresponsible actions of the sitting president of the United States was an attack on the institutional foundations of our nation.

The right to free speech and assembly is a fundamental right in a nation built on law and order, however an angry mob determined to stop the process of a free and fair election should be called out for what it is – insurrection.

There is no place for seditious actions such as those we witnessed yesterday.

The illegal frenzy cost some of our fellow Americans their lives. Those who participated must answer to the laws of our nation for the lives their actions took and the damage they caused to our democracy.