Hawaii Republican, Democratic parties issue joint statement calling for calm

In show of unity, state's Democratic, Republican leaders condemn U.S. Capitol attack

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The chairs of the Hawaii Republican and Democratic parties issued a joint statement Wednesday condemning the violent mob that stormed the US Capitol.

Hawaii Republican Party Chair Shirlene Ostrov and Democratic Party of Hawaii Chair Tyler Dos Santos-Tam said “violence, vandalism, intimidation and mob rule have no place in our republic.”

“We strongly denounce today’s storming of the U.S. Capitol, and call upon the protesters to stand down. We pray for a safe resolution and hope that aloha will prevail,” they said, in the statement.

The statement continues:

“The Constitution guarantees the right to peaceful protest, and also spells out how the electoral process is to be carried out. With respect to both of these, the Constitution must be upheld and respected.

“As the people and citizens of Hawaii, we are friends, neighbors, and family. Regardless of politics or party, there is more that unites us than divides us. We are one country, united under a common law.”

Both later told HNN they were in disbelief watching the insurrection unfold.

“It’s something I never thought I would see in this country,” Dos Santos-Tam. “I think it will take a lot of time for us to heal as a country.”

Ostrov added, “Nobody should condone violence and chaos. No matter what your political views are.”

But that was not the only message from the Hawaii Republican Party.

On Twitter, the party said fanned the president’s false claims that the election of Joe Biden was rigged.

Dozens of courts across the country have ruled there is no evidence of any widespread fraud.

On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. David Ige also called a news conference to say there was no threat locally and that the state Capitol building is safe.

He went on to describe the lawlessness as “an assault on democracy,” placing the blame squarely on President Trump. “I do believe the President in his speech this morning to the protesters clearly incited the action taken,” Ige said, adding that he was proud that protests in Hawaii have remained peaceful.

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