Statements of House Speaker Matt Ritter and Majority Leader Jason Rojas re: Trump Mob at U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021

“The insurrection, violence and treason at the U.S. Capitol lies directly at the feet of one man - Donald J. Trump. His lies and conspiracy theories put the lives of hundreds of law enforcement, public servants and congressional staff at risk. It is a direct contrast to our opening day of session.

The Connecticut General Assembly opened with bipartisan action while peaceful protestors voiced their concerns outside - It is a testament to the people of Connecticut.”

-Speaker of the House Matt Ritter (D-Hartford)

"What happened at our nation's Capitol yesterday was no accident – it was the work of sitting President Donald Trump, who has never failed to stir up his base with unsubstantiated claims. Yesterday, he emboldened his supporters to riot and storm the Capitol in an attempt to halt the certification of the presidential election results. His words put thousands at risk and potentially sets a dangerous precedent.

In Connecticut, the General Assembly convened the 2021 session in an unconventional, outdoor ceremony alongside protestors who peacefully voiced their opinions on the election, medical freedom, and other matters. This session, we will need engage with one another with respect and dignity to make the decisions necessary to carry our state forward. I am pleased we were able to do so yesterday, and hope we can continue during the weeks ahead."

-Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford, Manchester)