World Jewish Congress President Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder praised the United States Congress for certifying the election of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and condemned the violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol by insurrectionists seeking to overturn the results of November’s presidential election.
“Today is a victory for the perseverance of democracy after the brutal onslaught on our nation’s integrity and historical traditions,” Ambassador Lauder said. “I commend Vice President Pence and the members of the U.S. Congress for upholding American Constitutional norms and reminding us of the majesty of our traditions.
“At the same time, I unambiguously condemn the thugs and criminals who yesterday epitomized the worst elements of society by vandalizing the sacred halls and chambers of Congress, together with all who incited and abetted their unconscionable violence that also resulted in a tragic loss of life,” he continued.
The Ambassador urged all Americans to join President-elect Biden in refocusing the country’s efforts to defeat COVID-19.