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Business leaders condemn violence on Capitol Hill: ‘This is sedition’

Business groups and leaders of large corporations condemned the violence on Capitol Hill that disrupted efforts to certify the election of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr... [T]he Business Roundtable... called on the president and other officials to “put an end to the chaos and facilitate the peaceful transition of power.” “The chaos unfolding in the nation’s capital is the result of unlawful efforts to overturn the legitimate results of a democratic election,” the organization posted on Twitter.

The National Association of Manufacturers... [said] “Anyone indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit,”... “Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy.” “This is sedition."

... The chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce... called the events an attack on democracy, and... the president and chief executive of the National Retail Federation, said, “Today’s riots are repugnant and fly in the face of the most basic tenets of our Constitution.”

... Many business leaders spoke out individually, though many avoided calling out the president and other politicians by name. “I strongly condemn the violence in our nation’s capital,” Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase... The chief executive of Wells Fargo, Charles Scharf, called on leaders to “come together to address the divisions in our society” and complete the “peaceful transition of power” to Mr. Biden. The chief executive of Bank of America... called the events “appalling,” and... the chief executive of Citigroup, said he was “disgusted.”

... [T]he chief executive of Alphabet [said] “The lawlessness and violence occurring on Capitol Hill today is the antithesis of democracy and we strongly condemn it."

... Labor unions also denounced the violence... [T]he president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., posting on Twitter, called the actions an “attempted coup.”

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USA: 2020 Presidential election, business & human rights

Business leaders condemn violence at US Capitol