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For Immediate Release
Sam Quigley

Patriotic Millionaires Statement on Presidential Sedition

"There must be consequences. They must be immediate. They must be severe. And they must unequivocally affirm our lawmakers’ and this nation’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law"


In response to the tragic and disturbing events at the US Capitol yesterday, and the role that President Trump and several members of Congress played in inciting the insurrectionists that stormed the Capitol, Morris Pearl, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and a former managing director of BlackRock, Inc., issued the following statement:

"Yesterday, the President of the United States sent a group of armed insurrectionists to attack the legislative body of the federal government in order to subvert the will of the American people who democratically elected someone else to lead the country.

The President of the United States actively recruited and nurtured this group of traitors, whipped them into a violent frenzy, and directed them to attack the Capitol.

There must be consequences. They must be immediate. They must be severe. And they must unequivocally affirm our lawmakers' and this nation's commitment to democracy and the rule of law.

  • President Trump must be impeached, removed from office and tried for sedition.
  • Members of the House and Senate who willfully and deliberately incited yesterday's violent insurrection, and in doing so broke their Oath of Office and betrayed the American people, must be removed from office and tried for sedition.
  • Any person who breached the security perimeter at the Capitol, with intent of disrupting the certification of electoral college vote, should be tried for sedition.

Some members of Congress have already stated their intention to "turn the page" on this disgraceful moment in American history, wait for Trump to leave office on January 20th, and move forward as though the U.S. were not just attacked from within.

That is unacceptable.

Their hope that the violent terrorist movement of white supremacists who attempted a coup on the United States yesterday will just go away is both pathetically naive and incredibly dangerous. This national cancer will not return to the dark recesses of the human psyche where it belongs until it is forced there. It is the Constitutional duty of every lawmaker in America to ensure that happens."

The Patriotic Millionaires is a group of high-net worth Americans who share a profound concern about the destabilizing level of inequality in America. Our work centers on the two things that matter most in a capitalist democracy: power and money. Our goal is to ensure that the country's political economy is structured to meet the needs of regular Americans, rather than just millionaires. We focus on three "first" principles: a highly progressive tax system, a livable minimum wage, and equal political representation for all citizens.

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