What was supposed to be a ceremonial episode in our nation’s capital on Jan. 6 took a dark turn when protestors turned violent, storming the U.S. Capitol building as lawmakers tried to execute their duty and certify the 2020 presidential election result. The ensuing events left five people dead and were widely denounced by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Some brands and business groups also took action, condemning the violence and the rioters who broke into the Capitol building. The statements from business leaders build on a trend in corporate America for companies and brands to be more outspoken and take a stand on cultural issues.
Here’s our list of organizations who had the strongest responses to what was undoubtedly a dark day in American history:
1. National Association of Manufacturers
The organization had been issuing calls for lawmakers to respect the electoral process and certify the win by Joseph Biden. CEO Jay Timmons had said in a press release: “Manufacturers stand with members of Congress who intend to uphold their constitutional responsibility and vote to certify the Electoral College tallies that resulted from free, fair and legal elections in the states.”
Then, after the violent events of Jan. 6, the organization had strong words for the protestors: