WASHINGTON – The National Association of Counties (NACo) responded to yesterday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol with the following statement from Executive Director Matthew Chase:
Yesterday's events at the U.S. Capitol are totally unacceptable. The foundation of our American government, a powerful, fragile, and unique experiment in world history, is ordered liberty. To be sustained, it requires – even commands – essential civic virtues embedded in our laws, traditions, and conduct, both collectively and individually.
“Among our most sacred customs, the hallmark of our great nation, is the peaceful transfer of power. Let us all now condemn these inexcusable, illegal actions, so we can put the ‘U’ back into the United States of America.
“We are incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication and public service of America’s county election officials and more than 700,000 citizen volunteers who play an instrumental role in our federal, state and local elections. We also want to recognize and applaud the county law enforcement officials who raced to the Capitol to help restore order, safeguard our democratic process, and protect the safety of members of Congress and their staff.”