Jenkins releases statement in response to violent insurrection on Capitol Hill
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, January 6, 2021
University President Fr. John Jenkins responded to Wednesday’s violent mass gathering on Capitol Hill where an angry mob of people objecting election results — fueled by accusations of election fraud from many Republicans, namely President Donald Trump — breached the Capitol Building.
One person was shot and killed during the riots — a Southern California native named Ashli Babbitt.
Congress planned to certify election results that would confirm Joe Biden as president-elect before protestors entered the building.
“Today’s assault on Congress was unworthy of our democracy,” Jenkins said in a Wednesday statement. “We pray for the nation and call on everyone, regardless of political affiliation, to condemn unequivocally the disruption of institutions designed to serve the common good.”