Former U.S. presidents and European officials criticize attack on U.S. Capitol Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Coinciding with a joint session of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential Election, supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump protested in front of the Capitol building, eventually storming it and destroying property. During what quickly turned into a riot, one woman was killed by gunfire and three others died as a result of medical emergencies.

Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA-5) accused Trump of betraying the country and the constitution.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama declared that storming the Congress headquarters is a shameful matter, but it is not surprising.

He added that history will remember the violence that took place today in the Capitol, incited by a president who lied about the election result. “It is a moment of shame and disgrace for our country,” Obama added.

“The Capitol incident is appropriate for the banana republics, not for our democratic republic,” Former President George Bush stated.

Former President Bill Clinton described the events as an unprecedented assault on U.S. institutions, stressing that they were fueled by four years of poisonous policies and deliberate disinformation.

A number of European officials have expressed their shock at the news coming out of D.C.

European Union Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell stated that, in the eyes of the world, U.S. democracy appears under siege. The events at the Capitol are a never-before-seen attack on the U.S. democracy, its institutions and the rule of law, he said.

“This is not characteristic of the U.S. and the election results should be fully respected,” Borrell added.

President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen shared Borrell’s opinion.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the events as horrific and called for the results of the U.S. free and fair election to be respected.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas commented that President Trump and his supporters must accept the decision of the U.S. people.

The U.S.’s opponents took advantage of this confusion to criticize it, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saying that the events in the U.S. are an example of the fragility and weakness of Western democracy.