January 8, 2021
Following the attack on our democracy and Capitol, ignited by rhetoric and actions from Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy and Mike Garcia, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J Gonzalez released the following statement:
“In 2019 House Democrats introduced and passed the “Securing America’s Federal Elections Act”, or SAFE Act, working to ensure that our election systems across the nation were safe and secure and to provide critical infrastructure to states necessary to protect our right to vote. Unsurprisingly, House Republicans led by Los Angeles/Ventura Congressman Kevin McCarthy voted against this necessary legislation, and Senate Republicans never brought the bill to the floor effectively killing the bill. Those same Republicans attempted to gaslight Americans with their calls for "election integrity" and "election security."
With an all out assault on our democracy from this lawless, outgoing president, Republicans like McCarthy, newly elected Congressman Mike Garcia and their colleagues spent years aiding and abetting him, and weeks after the election successfully convincing each other and a mob of domestic terrorists that the election had “been stolen”, ultimately voting with 131 other House Republicans to invalidate the certified electoral votes of Pennsylvanians and 150 Million Americans. McCarthy and Garcia both swore an oath to protect and defend our constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. They have failed that oath 4 days into the 117th Congress.
Today, I join my colleagues in calling for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, resignation, or impeachment of Donald Trump, but also call for the resignation, expulsion, or a recall from voters of Kevin McCarthy and Mike Garcia from Congress. Their dereliction of duty makes them unfit to serve and represent the voters of CA-23 and CA-25 or the people of California.”