1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D) North Carolina:
"Let us be clear, the mob violence we witnessed on January 6th is squarely rooted in white supremacy. Rooted in deep seated racism that continues to permeate civil society. Though not though not the only culprit in this uprising. it is clear to me, it is clear to us that President Donald J. Trump personally incited this insurrection, causing major damage to the Capitol and to our democracy."
"So we actually had one of our leaderships in that role begging for National Guard to come in when there was intelligence out there that this was in the plans, it is unacceptable that that size of a crowd could come and actually take over not only the grounds, but take over the halls of Congress."
"I think the first and foremost, we must have an investigation top to bottom, both our intel as well as Capitol Police, federal as well as state and local investigation into law enforcement. When I think about accountability, I think that we have to hold this president who is a clear and present danger to the American people in our democracy accountable."
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said white supremacy was to blame for last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol, and they accused President Donald Trump of inciting the mob violence.
The siege left a U.S. Capitol Police officer and several others dead, and dozens of law enforcement officers injured.
"Let us be clear, the mob violence we witnessed on January 6th is squarely rooted in white supremacy," said Rep. G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina.
"Though not though not the only culprit in this uprising. it is clear to me, it is clear to us that President Donald J. Trump personally incited this insurrection, causing major damage to the Capitol and to our democracy," Butterfield said.
Their comments came on a day when House members voted on whether to impeach Trump over the violent siege by his supporters.
During the siege, lawmakers went into hiding, revealing the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power.
"We have to address the real and violent white supremacist threat that is in the United States," said Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama.
"This nation must deal with its stain of systemic and institutional racism."
The riot has forced a reckoning among some Republicans, who have stood by Trump throughout his presidency and largely allowed him to spread false attacks against the integrity of the 2020 election.
Trump has taken no responsibility for the riot, suggesting it was the drive to oust him rather than his actions around the bloody riot that was dividing the country.
Government and politics , Rebellions and uprisings , War and unrest , General news , Hate groups , Discrimination , Human rights and civil liberties , Social issues , Social affairs , 2021 United States Capitol riot , Racial and ethnic discrimination , Race and ethnicity , Racial and ethnic discrimination , Legislature