6 January 2021

Alex Curtas, Director of Communications
New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Releases Statement on U.S Capitol Attacks During Electoral College Vote Counting

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement today after violent protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol:

“Never in my life did I think our country would see the sad and anti-democratic events that have occurred today. As New Mexicans and Americans we must all come together to defend our democratic processes and restore faith in our elections. Truth and goodwill are the only ways forward after today’s tragic display in Washington. The actions of the violent protesters who attacked the U.S. Capitol today represent the culmination of all the destructive rhetoric and misinformation that has swirled around the November 2020 General Election. Words matter. Facts matter. And the lies need to stop. The 2020 election was safe and secure and all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, duly certified their Electoral College votes. The process at the U.S. Capitol today was supposed to be a simple counting of the votes for an election that was decided weeks ago. Every politician and public official who has promoted the false conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was somehow compromised should be ashamed of themselves today after we’ve now seen what such misinformation has engendered.”


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