CEO of The Walt Disney Co. Bob Chapek is speaking out after rioters broke into the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday.
Taking to social media Thursday, Chapek called yesterday’s violence a “sad and tragic day for our country” that was “unlike any other in our history.”
“What we saw was an egregious and inexcusable assault on America’s most revered institution and our democracy,” he wrote. “Thankfully, the democratic process that we hold dear ultimately prevailed.”
On Wednesday, pro-Trump supporters wreaked havoc at U.S. Capitol Hill as they breached the building and stormed the U.S. Senate floor as Senators were told to shelter in place. Much of the chaos was shared on social media and broadcast live across the news network as broadcasters watched in shock.
More than six hours after the violence erupted, lawmakers resumed their session and certified President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college win early Thursday. Moving forward, Chapek expressed how “now, more than ever, it is imperative that we come together as one nation — united by our shared values, including decency, kindness, and respect for others.”
“We should seize this opportunity, and move ahead with optimism and hope for a better, brighter future for all of America.”
Chapek’s statement follows President Donald Trump’s recent address in which condemned the acts of violence and stated, “those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country and to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
Trump also acknowledged Congress certifying the results of Biden’s win and stated that he will now focus on “ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.” “This moment calls for healing and reconciliation,” Trump said.
Apart from Chapek, Hollywood stars such as Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton, Ava DuVernay and more weighed in on Wednesday’s violence. President-elect Joe Biden stated in a speech that “the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America,” with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris echoing his sentiments. Michelle Obama also released a statement in which she expressed that her “heart had fallen harder and faster” after witnessing the rioters lay siege.
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