Wednesday's unlawful attack on the United States Capitol is a violent affront to the Constitution and to democracy. Despite the best efforts efforts of a mob, however, the Congress of the United States has certified the electoral votes and confirmed the will of the American people.
We are grateful that those who work in the Capitol are safe. Our Nation will survive this violence against democracy and we will move forward. But we should remember the words of Benjamin Franklin who, when asked whether the Constitutional Convention approved a republic or a monarchy, said, "A republic, if you can keep it." We look forward to the conversations that must happen to ensure that we peacefully and thoughtfully work to preserve the Constitution and our Republic.