Jamie Dimon, Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, and different enterprise leaders urge Trump to cease the violence
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and other American business leaders called for an end to the violence in the US Capitol and asked President Donald Trump and others to step up.
The head of the largest US bank by asset “sharply” condemned the unrest in Washington, where thousands of the President’s supporters indicted the Capitol on Wednesday.
“This is not who we are as a people or a country,” Dimon said in a statement. “We are better than that. Our elected leaders have a responsibility to call for an end to the violence, to accept the results, and, as our democracy has been doing for hundreds of years, to support the peaceful transfer of power.”
While Dimon’s statement didn’t specifically mention the president, remarks from the Business Roundtable, a group of executives he is a part of and led, urged Trump to intervene.
“The chaos in the nation’s capital is the result of illegal efforts to undo the legitimate results of a democratic election,” the organization said. “The country deserves better. The Business Roundtable calls on the President and all relevant officials to put an end to the chaos and facilitate the peaceful transfer of power.”
Other leaders in finance and technology spoke out. David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, said Americans “need to start investing again in democracy” and rebuild US institutions.
“For years our democracy has built a reservoir of benevolence around the world that brings important benefits to our citizens,” Solomon said in a statement. “We recently squandered that goodwill at a rapid pace, and today’s attack on the US Capitol is wreaking havoc. It is time for all Americans to come together and promote a peaceful change of power.”
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, said in a statement that “lawlessness and violence” in the Capitol are “the opposite of democracy”.
Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat also said he was “disgusted” by the riots but expressed hope for a peaceful solution.
“Although these scenes are very difficult to see, I have confidence in our democratic process and know that the important work of Congress will continue and that people will be held accountable for their actions,” he said in a statement. “I pray that this situation can be resolved without further bloodshed.”
Trump eventually made a statement asking for order. However, it was accompanied by unsubstantiated claims by the President about an election he claims was stolen from him. Trump’s supporters have filed around 60 fraud lawsuits, and lost all but one.
Earlier in the day, members of Congress discussed the challenges faced by individual states as the electoral certification process advanced.
“You have to go home now. We have to have peace,” tweeted Trump. “We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone to be hurt.”