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7 Jan 2021

Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post

Business leaders once allied with Trump now condemn him for stoking violence

A bevy of energy business interests in Washington who once cheered on President Trump's agenda are now blaming him for stoking rhetoric that led to a pro-Trump mob violent storming the U.S. Capitol... [P]resident of the American Petroleum Institute... the largest lobbying group for the petroleum industry... said he found the footage of rioters breaking into the Capitol and clashing with police “absolutely sickening” and “heartbreaking.” Asked about Trump's role, Sommers said, “I blame him completely.” “He has proven himself unworthy of the office of being president."

... Chevron, is now taking the unusual step of calling for "peaceful transition" to the Biden administration... North America's Building Trades Unions, an alliance of 14 construction unions, including electric workers and pipe fitters, similarly called for Trump to “immediately step down." "If he refuses, the Cabinet must immediately invoke the 25th amendment to remove the President," Sean McGarvey, the group's president, said. “Any less action by the Cabinet, and America should consider them all co-conspirators.”

... [T]he chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, similarly condemned the violence: “The attacks against our nation’s Capitol Building and our democracy must end now. The Congress of the United States must gather again this evening to conclude their constitutional responsibility to accept the report of the Electoral College.”... Before Trump's defeat, the oil and gas group strung up a series of policy wins with the rollback of safety rules meant to prevent another Deepwater Horizon spill and protections for birds that die in uncovered industrial pits.

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