Today's date is September 20, 2021

Commissioner Nikki Fried on Violent Coup Attempt Perpetrated by President Trump’s Supporters

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Tallahassee, Fla. — As a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building, perpetrating an act of terrorism in a violent coup attempt and disrupting the counting of electoral votes, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, and independently-elected member of the Florida Cabinet offered the following:
 
“The radical attempted overthrow of the U.S. Capitol, the attacks on Capitol Police officers, and the violent threats against those who swore oaths to uphold our Constitution are direct results of the President urging right-wing agitators to “stand back and stand by.” Freedom of speech is a treasured Constitutional right, but our government must protect the interests of all Americans — not only a vocal minority. The President’s enablers have inflamed discord and hatred at an historically fragile moment for our nation, when we have most needed unity and compassion, and do nothing to further solutions to the health, economic, and social issues we face. These actions are terrorism and insurrection against the United States of America, and this attack on our country must be met with swift, severe consequences. I am praying for the safety of members of law enforcement, Congress, and Capitol staff.”
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