Today, state Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) announced that she will soon introduce a Senate Resolution to condemn the violent insurrection in Washington, D.C., denounce white supremacy and white nationalism, and affirm the legitimacy of the 2020 election results.
“It was frightening to see legislators and staff hide under their desks as pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” Maharath said. “That is not something I ever expected to see in our country. I also never expected to hear American elected officials spread dangerous lies and conspiracy theories about the integrity of our own elections. My hope is that this resolution will send a strong message that the Ohio Senate recognizes that the 2020 Election was free and fair and will not tolerate this kind of violent behavior.”
The resolution will also honor the life of Officer Brian Sicknick, a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police Department who died as a result of injuries sustained while defending the Capitol on January 6.
“There is no doubt that Officer Sicknick’s service helped prevent additional casualties,” Maharath said. “He gave his life to protect our democracy. His death is a national tragedy and a remainder that we all have a duty to protect our country. This resolution will honor his sacrifice and send our condolences to his family.”
If passed, the resolution will be distributed to the family of Officer Sicknick, as well as the President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker and Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the President of the United States, and all members of the Ohio Congressional delegation.
“White supremacists have terrorized those who don’t think or look like them since the day America was founded,” said Maharath. “I hope that all Americans now understand that they represent a significant threat to our democratic institutions. To prevent further violence, we must hold those responsible for it accountable. The Ohio Senate must condemn in the strongest terms those who participated in the insurrection, those who have instigated the attack and the conspiracy theories they have helped spread.”