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Whitmer & Snyder Urge Unity After Trump Supporters Storm US Capitol

Whitmer & Snyder Urge Unity After Trump Supporters Storm US Capitol

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 6, 2021)

Lansing, MI – Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and former Republican Governor Rick Snyder joined one another today in calling for national unity as events continue to unfold in Washington DC.  At about 1pm hundreds of President Donald Trump supporters breached security and made it into the Capitol building where lawmakers were in the process of certifying the election.

The building went on lock down and elected officials and staff hunkered down while the building was cleared.  At least one woman was fatally shot, though circumstances have not been confirmed as of 6pm.

Locally, residents are scrolling social media for updates from their Senators and Representatives.

Representative Elissa Slotkin said on Facebook at 2:50pm “I am remaining safely in my office, as are my staff who were directed to stay home. Representative Andy Levin is with me since his office building was evacuated. I have seen first hand today the bravery of the Capitol Police, and I’m thankful for their professionalism and dedication. Violence has absolutely no place in our politics. I implore protesters to remain peaceful in exercising their first amendment rights, and I urge my colleagues to recognize where their actions have led us.”

Governor Whitmer and former Governor Snyder are modeling the way they hope people will come together in a bipartisan way to move forward.

“What is unfolding today in our nation’s capital is truly appalling. Violence, vandalism, and insurrection have no place in this great country of ours. We are a nation of laws, not mobs,” Whitmer said.

“While we come from different backgrounds and political parties, Governor Whitmer and I share a deep love for our country,” Snyder said. “We must always remember that we are Americans first, and we are not one another’s enemy. That’s why I join with Governor Whitmer in calling on people of goodwill across America to pray for peace, calm, and healing.”

“Now is the time to put this election behind us once and for all,” Whitmer added. “We must unify as one nation to defeat our real enemy, which is the pandemic that has taken far too many of our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. As Americans, there is no problem we can’t solve, and no challenge we can’t meet. Let’s all stay safe. Let’s take care of each other. And let’s move forward together, as one United States of America.”

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