Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried denounced Wednesday the violence and rioting gripping the U.S. Capitol.
In a statement, Fried laid blame at President Donald Trump‘s feet and those who’ve enabled his voter fraud claims. Fried serves as Florida’s highest elected Democrat.
“The radical attempted overthrow of the U.S. Capitol, the attacks on Capitol Police officers, and the violent threats against those who swore oaths to uphold our Constitution are direct results of the President urging right-wing agitators to ‘stand back and stand by,’” Fried said in a statement. “Freedom of speech is a treasured Constitutional right, but our government must protect the interests of all Americans — not only a vocal minority.”
Fried continued: “The President’s enablers have inflamed discord and hatred at an historically fragile moment for our nation, when we have most needed unity and compassion, and do nothing to further solutions to the health, economic, and social issues we face. These actions are terrorism and insurrection against the United States of America, and this attack on our country must be met with swift, severe consequences. I am praying for the safety of members of law enforcement, Congress, and Capitol staff.”
The Commissioner’s condemnation comes after a mob backing