Levin on Certification of Michigan’s Electoral College Votes, Calls for Invocation of 25th Amendment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) released this statement after Michigan’s Electoral College votes were certified following a violent riot at the United States Capitol:
“Gathered here today the members of this Joint Session stopped the onslaught of lies and authoritarianism that have besieged the people of Michigan and our democracy. I would be remiss not to look back at the history that culminated in an insurrection in the Capitol that laid bare the violent ideology festering in our country that left one woman dead. We know our country has struggled with a legacy of violence and exclusion. In our darkest moments, mobs have hounded Jewish Americans…lynched Black Americans…interned Japanese Americans…the list, sadly, goes on.
“But from the depths of that darkness, the American people have time and again forwarded a different vision for this country. It’s a vision of equality and inclusion that rights historical wrongs while ensuring that everyone has the means to a good life. Much of that vision has come to pass because, through centuries of struggle, the American people have expanded who can participate in our democratic process.
“What we saw yesterday was not procedural disagreement between Republicans and Democrats so common in our democracy. We are witnessing an effort to leave the realm of democracy altogether and deny the votes of the people of my district, our Great Lakes State and others across the nation.
“Our very democracy depends on our willingness to protect it. Today, we gathered in the Capitol to do just that. Furthermore, I am calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet Secretaries to fulfill their duty to protect our democracy and uphold our Constitution. The time has come to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove from office a man who has abdicated his duties and who has shown himself to be unfit to be president with the domestic terrorism he incited and failed to quell.”