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2021 -- S 0008
Enacted 01/12/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Euer, Kallman, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Miller, Felag, Coyne, Burke, and Cano

Date Introduced: January 12, 2021

     WHEREAS, The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of the United States as a
democratic republic – signaling the government’s responsibility to respect the will of the people
and providing legitimacy to our elections; uniting us as a people behind our country, our shared
ideals, and a constitutional form of government; and
     WHEREAS , It is the belief of Americans that the leadership of our government should
be selected by the people through free and fair elections, not through violence or the whims of
authoritarians leaders; and
     WHEREAS, Since losing the election on November 3, 2020, President Donald J. Trump
has continued to lie and mislead his supporters about the results of the election and has tried to
coerce election officials into changing election results and disenfranchising voters; and
     WHEREAS, On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, President Trump held a rally in
Washington D.C. calling on his supporters to “fight like hell” and march to the U.S. Capitol
Building where the Joint Session of Congress was meeting to certify the electoral votes from all
50 states and the District of Columbia in order to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory; and
     WHEREAS, Incited by outright lies and misinformation, and driven by the
misconception that their actions could encumber the true and just democratic process, the deadly
mob assaulted police officers, scaled walls, and broke windows and doors as they forced their
way into the U.S. Capitol building; and
     WHEREAS, Americans watched with disappointment, disbelief, and horror as hundreds
of insurrectionists stormed the building intent on wreaking havoc and stopping the progress
towards a peaceful transition of power. Insurgents brought with them zip-ties, raided key offices,
and stole important documents and electronics. A crowd of rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence”
and a noose was erected outside the Capitol. Reports surfaced of guns, tear gas, assaults on
Capitol Police, and vandalism inside the historic building and revered rotunda; and
     WHEREAS, Legislators were quickly evacuated from the House and Senate Chambers as
the mob wandered the hallways, defacing offices and public property, and resisting attempts by
Capitol Police to bring about peace and safety, resulting in the death of at least six people; and
     WHEREAS, Showing the resilience of our country, the Joint Session of Congress
reconvened on the evening of January 6th to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory
and worked through the night until they completed the certification early the morning of January
7th; and
     WHEREAS, Even after the events of January 6th, President Trump has continued to
spread lies and misinformation to his supporters, threatening the security of the United States and
undermining the integrity of our most cherished institutions, and is an ongoing threat to our
country so long as he holds office; and
     WHEREAS, The strength of America’s democracy is in our ability to come together
during times of strife and peril. The day of calculated destruction will not change our destiny or
our confidence that there are brighter days ahead. On January 20th, 2021, a new era of hope and
unity will begin to rebuild our country with the consensus and trust that our forefathers imagined
as they wrote the Constitution and laid the foundation for the greatest country in the world; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby vehemently condemns
the acts of violence and insurrection committed at the seat of our country's democracy and calls
for the removal of President Donald J. Trump through the exercise of the 25th Amendment or
Congressional impeachment; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation.