01/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/21/2021 15:37
Harrisburg, PA -- Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar testified today before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' State Government Committee that it is time to end the assault on the November election and our democratic process. She called for unity and leadership at this critical moment in American history.
'It's time for unity and it's time for truth. The ongoing assault on facts and our democratic process that we have witnessed for months must end. It's anti-American, dangerous, and goes against everything we stand for as a country.
'On January 6, that assault breached the walls of our democracy. The attack on our Capitol was the direct result of disinformation and lies - lies that were intentionally spread to subvert the free and fair election and undermine people's faith in our democracy.
'The world watched in horror as that mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, violently interrupting our government officials carrying out their constitutional duty to effectuate the will of the voters, including millions of Pennsylvania citizens, in electing the next President.
'We are at a watershed, a critical moment in American history.
'We can show the world the strength of our great nation, the health and resiliency of our democracy and electoral process. Or, we can continue perpetuating these lies, which only serves the goals of our foreign adversaries who want nothing more than to see us devolve into distrust and violence.
'I am incredibly proud of the free, fair, and secure election our counties carried out in 2020. It was marked by exceptional transparency and unparalleled voter registration and turnout, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Pennsylvania election workers are heroes who live and work in our communities, coach our kids on our sports teams, and work harder than almost anyone I know. It is because of them and their dedication to their work that all of us can exercise our fundamental right to vote and have faith that our system is safe, secure, and accurate.
'They did their jobs, and we must do ours. We as public officials must lead - that's what the people of Pennsylvania deserve. They are watching and listening, looking to us for leadership. So, let's acknowledge the truth, stop repeating lies that have been proven again and again to be false, and start showing the strength of our democracy. Let's again show what it is to be American.
'As Senator Toomey said on January 6: 'We witnessed … the damage that can result when men in power and responsibility refuse to acknowledge the truth. We saw bloodshed because a demagogue chose to spread falsehoods, and sow distrust of his own fellow Americans. Let's not abet such deception.'