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U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids: Democracy, safety at stake with Trump in office

Posted at 12:12 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 13:12:15-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., said she believes Wednesday’s events at the Capitol are grounds to remove President Donald Trump from office.

In an interview with 41 Action News, Davids said the riots represent a “surreal … scary, dark day for the entire country.”

Davids said that Trump had a decisive role in the violence.

“I would consider yesterday to be one of the darkest days in our recent history with the chaos and violence that we saw in and around the capital, and we have a president right now who’s not only condoned that, but also encouraged it,” Davids said.

Davids went on to say that Trump has demonstrated that he’s not fit for office and needs to be removed with just less than two weeks of his term left.

“We cannot trust Donald Trump to uphold his oath of office over these next 13 days. Our democracy, our security, our safety is at stake,” she said.

Davids said she was safely barricaded in her office during the peak of the chaos Wednesday.

The representative described hearing loud noises that may have been flash-bangs, helicopters, shouting and chanting while sheltering in place.

Davids said she opened her office windows for better ventilation in case tear gas or pepper spray was deployed, and remained there until the Capitol was cleared and Congress reconvened.

Rioters entered the Capitol Wednesday, bringing legislators’ deliberations on Electoral College votes to a halt as they were evacuated from the chambers.

Four people died over the course of the riots, including one San Diego woman who has been identified as an Air Force veteran.

Hours later, the House and Senate were able to reconvene and confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the early morning hours Thursday.