WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed (R) condemned the mob that stormed the U.S. Capital amid the electoral vote count on Wednesday, calling for unity across the nation.
The Representative of New York’s 23rd Congressional District spoke to lawmakers gathered overnight counting and certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
“What I saw today was mob rule that spat upon the blood of my father, which is in the soil of Europe, and the soil of Korea,” said Reed. “We settle our differences not with mob rule. We settle our differences through elections.”
He previously announced he would not object to certifying the electoral college’s results.
“Now make no mistake, to my colleagues on the Democratic side of the aisle, I will be passionate in my disagreement with you. I will be passionate in my ideas for the future of this country and I will fight for my Republican ideas that I hold near and dear,” he furthered. “But I will stand with you tonight and send a message to the nation tonight and all Americans that what we saw today was not American, and what we see tonight in this body shall be what we do in America, and that is to transfer power in a peaceful way.”
Reed concluded by saying lawmaker’s tenure in Congress will far surpass the time they physically spent.