DES MOINES Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith released the following statement in response to the insurrection at the Capitol. 

“Today is a very difficult day for our nation. I’m sad that our country has come to such a dark moment, but unfortunately, it was not without warning. In the four years since Donald Trump’s inauguration speech about ‘American carnage,’ Trump and the Republican Party have stoked the fires of anarchy, hate, and division. And today, as violent riots broke out at the Capitol, Trump encouraged the insurrection and assault on our democracy that stands in the way of a peaceful transition of power.

“These acts of domestic terrorism must be condemned by all Americans — most importantly the Republican Party and leaders like Senators Grassley and Ernst, Governor Reynolds and Rep. Feenstra who are still standing in Trump’s corner by undermining our democratic processes. Their rubber-stamped talking points in the face of insurrection should be a warning to Iowans  that our GOP leaders are willing to break down the pillars of democracy if it means they can stay in power.

“Today does not represent who we are as a country. We must be better. Our nation is counting on us. Our thoughts are with the members of Congress, their staff, Capitol workers, and those working to defuse the situation.”