Trade groups and chief executives of the nation's largest banks condemned the actions of a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, beseeching elected leaders to call for an end to the violence that left four dead.
The rioters, incited by Trump in a speech earlier in the day, chanted debunked claims that the election was stolen as they breached Capitol security Wednesday afternoon, halting the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's win.
After Capitol Police secured the building around 5:40 p.m., lawmakers resumed proceedings at 8 p.m., where Congress eventually certified Biden's election win in the early hours of Thursday morning.
"I strongly condemn the violence in our nation's capital," JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said in a statement on LinkedIn. "This is not who we are as a people or a country. We are better than this. Our elected leaders have a responsibility to call for an end to the violence, accept the results, and, as our democracy has for hundreds of years, support the peaceful transition of power. Now is the time to come together to strengthen our exceptional union."
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon called for a peaceful transition of power in a LinkedIn post, claiming the country has "squandered" a "reservoir of goodwill around the world that brings important benefits for our citizens."
"[T]oday's attack on the U.S. Capitol does further damage," he wrote. "We have to begin reinvesting in our democracy and rebuilding the institutions that have made America an exceptional nation."
Outgoing Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat said he was "disgusted" by the actions of the mob that tried to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College in his own post on the networking site.
"As one of America's oldest companies, we have seen our country experience other trying events. While these scenes are very difficult to watch, I have faith in our democratic process and know that the important work of Congress will continue and that people will be held accountable for their actions," he wrote. "I pray this situation can be resolved without further bloodshed."
In a statement, Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf said the behavior in Washington was "unacceptable and completely undermines who we are as a nation," and called for "immediate end to this violence," according to CNBC.
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said Wednesday's events "underscore the urgent need for all Americans to unite behind one of our most cherished principles: the peaceful transfer of power that has happened without interruption since our country's founding."
Industry trade groups also weighed in on the pro-Trump mob's attack, releasing statements condemning the insurrection.
"This is a dark day for our democracy," Rob Nichols, president of the American Bankers Association, said in a statement. "The violence playing out on Capitol Hill and in the streets of Washington is reprehensible and should shock and sadden all of us. Our nation is better than this. At this challenging moment for our country, and for so many Americans, our elected leaders must immediately condemn today's mob riot and do everything they can to support the peaceful transfer of power."
Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) President and CEO Rebeca Romero said Wednesday's events threatened "the constitutional transfer of power as well as the sanctity of human life."
"It is a dark day for our country, but the nation's community bankers know we are better than this. We send prayers for our country, our communities, our citizens, our elected leaders, and our public servants," she said in a statement. "The sun will rise tomorrow on the greatest nation in the world, and we must work together to overcome these challenges and find a path forward filled with compassion, understanding, and consensus."
In response to the riot, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President and CEO Jim Nussle said "democracy is facing a crucial test."
"As I watch the assault on the U.S. Capitol unfold, I am first reminded of the oath of office that I once took and to my commitment to the Constitution and the principles which underpin our democracy," he said in a statement. "What we are witnessing is outrageous, without precedent, and runs counter to our values as Americans."
National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions President and CEO Dan Berger said his group "believes in the Constitution and tolerance, and the violent chaos on Capitol Hill is attacking the foundations of our democracy."
Hours after the riots began, and after numerous pleas from lawmakers as well as former Vice President Biden, Trump tweeted a video calling for rioters to "go home." The tweet, which also included unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud, was eventually removed by Twitter.