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What business leaders should know about Wednesday’s rampage on the U.S. Capitol


What happened: Congress ratified President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory after a day in which a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, the New York Times reports. Early today, President Donald Trump issued a statement saying there would be an “orderly transition” on Jan. 20, but during the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday he continued to make false claims that the election was stolen from him. (You can also check out a video summarizing the events in the Wall Street Journal.)

Iowa voices respond: 

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds released a statement on Facebook acknowledging Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol, writing: “Standing with and praying for the brave men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police and all who have been endangered by the violence and unrest happening at our nation’s capital. This behavior is unacceptable and not who we are as Americans.”
  • On Twitter, former longtime Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle announced he would “no longer claim I am a Republican.”
  • The threat of violence will continue to escalate ahead of the inauguration on Jan. 20, Iowa Auditor Rob Sand said in a statement: “That danger is increased each time a leader repeats or implies the lie that the presidential election was rigged or defrauded.”
  • None of Iowa’s Republican lawmakers in the Capitol supported objections to the certification of Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden early this morning, but Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Randy Feenstra separately advocated for lawmakers to review election “irregularities,” the Iowa Capital Dispatch reports.  

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