PRINCETON, NJ – Princeton mayor Mark Freda expressed “shock” and “disappointment” at the attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday.
“One of the fundamental ideals of our democracy is the peaceful transition of power. No one person or one political party should be placed above our democracy,” Freda said in a statement.
Rioters stormed the Capitol after Trump told a crowd of protesters at a rally that he would never concede.
“There was ample opportunity to challenge the results of the election, but time after time, the courts and state officials stood by the results,” said Freda.
Four people were reportedly dead after Wednesday’s mayhem.
Capitol Police evacuated members of Congress when the pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol.
“This is a wake-up call for all Americans. Words matter. Truth matters. There is reason for optimism with the inauguration just twelve days away,” said Freda.
“I denounce the violence and divisive rhetoric, and I pledge to work together with all Princeton residents for a better, safer future,” he said.
Meanwhile, a growing number of lawmakers are calling for President Trump to be removed from office. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-Mercer, co-sponsored a resolution to impeach Trump, her office confirmed.
President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation on Wednesday as rioters stormed the Capitol. He called on Trump to “step up,” and “demand an end to this siege.”