L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Calls For Donald Trump To Resign: “It Is Time Not To Stand By, But To Stand Down” – Updated

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UPDATED with latest: One day after calling the storming of the nation’s Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters “a dark day,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for the president to resign.

“What we saw yesterday were thugs, thugs who brought an abomination to our nation’s capital, and who attacked our Capitol,” said Garcetti at event to promote vaccination in South L.A.. “It was a group of people who were inspired by, who were incited by the president of the United States of America, a sentence I never thought I would say in my lifetime.”

And then the mayor went further.

“It is time, to quote you Mr. President, not to sand by, but to stand down. And, if necessary, to stand down if you can not keep the peace in this country and if you cannot keep your oath which you are sworn to uphold…We saw domestic enemies yesterday and it is your duty to protect this country.”

PREVIOUSLY on January 6: California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have weighed in on the chaos at the U.S. Capitol today as pro-Donald Trump protesters stormed the building.

Newsom, who canceled his regular daily coronavirus briefing today, said:

“Peaceful protest is an important mechanism of our democracy but what we are witnessing in our nation’s Capitol building is reprehensible and an outright assault to our democracy and Democratic institutions.

“The people of California have spoken, and our congressional delegation should never have to fear for their lives to represent Californians. We are concerned for the safety of California’s congressional delegation and U.S. Capitol staff, and are reaching out to offer support in every way possible. President Trump must call for an end to this escalating situation, acknowledge the will of the people to bring President-Elect Biden to the White House and move immediately to a peaceful transition of power.”

Garcetti, whose city is the epicenter of the Covid-19 surge in the U.S., wrote in a series of tweets:

“This is a dark day for America. The assaults on the integrity of our elections and the safety of the U.S. Capitol are wrong – defying our constitution, our core decency, and our common humanity.”

“President Trump must condemn what has happened today, stop illegally contesting the will of the American public, and support the institutions and elected leaders who comprise our democracy.”

“Our nation will withstand this horrifying moment, and we will see the peaceful transition of government this month.”

“In the meantime, I pray for the security of everyone on Capitol Hill, and I support Congressional leaders and Mayor Bowser’s efforts to restore order and protect our nation’s Capitol and our nation’s capital city.”

City News Service contributed to this report.

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