Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, and other American business leaders called for an end to the violence in the Capitol and asked President Donald Trump and others to step up.
The head of the largest bank by asset in the United States issued a statement condemning the situation in Washington in which thousands of supporters of the president accused the Capitol and stayed there until Wednesday afternoon.
“I strongly condemn the violence in the capital of our nation. This is not who we are as a people or a country,” Dimon said in a statement. “We are better than that. Our elected leaders have a responsibility to call for an end to the violence, to accept the results and, as our democracy has been doing for hundreds of years, to support the peaceful transfer of power.”
While Dimon’s statement did not specifically mention the president, the remarks made by the Business Roundtable, a group of executives he belongs to and has led, called on Trump.
“The chaos in the nation’s capital is the result of unlawful efforts to undo the legitimate results of a democratic election,” the organization said. “The country deserves better. The Business Roundtable calls on the President and all relevant officials to put an end to the chaos and facilitate the peaceful transfer of power.”
Later in the day, Trump made a statement asking for order.
However, it was accompanied by unsubstantiated allegations by the president about an election he claims was stolen from him. Trump’s supporters have filed around 60 fraud lawsuits, and lost all but one.
Earlier in the day, members of Congress discussed the challenges faced by individual states as the electoral certification process advanced.
“You have to go home now. We have to have peace,” said Trump in the statement published on his Twitter account. “We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone to be hurt.”
Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat also said he was “disgusted” by the protests in the capital, but expressed hope for a peaceful solution.
“Although these scenes are very difficult to see, I have confidence 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 said in a statement. “I pray that this situation can be resolved without further bloodshed.”