GP McManus Statement on Violence at U.S. Capitol Today

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

“Today’s vote to certify the Electoral College results is one of many steps in the sacred and peaceful transition of power in this country. The right to peacefully protest is enshrined in the Constitution, but today’s display of lawlessness and violence is dangerous and a threat to our democracy.

Make no mistake about it: the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol today have no interest in the rule of law. We are grateful to law enforcement and the first responders who have worked tirelessly, and continue to do so, to protect Members of Congress, their staffs, and our fellow American citizens.

In any election, the very heart of our democracy is at stake – regardless of your political affiliation or preference. Loyal opposition and advocating for your beliefs, peacefully and within the law, should and must be the norm. For over 131 years, the United Association has followed this norm even as we have disagreed with a wide range of politicians, and we will continue to do so.

Quite frankly, we are better than this as a country and as a society at large.

Every UA member can do his or her part to respect all opinions, look out for our collective families, and try to be a positive force in this country we all love.”