The Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party on Friday called for the resignations of members of Alabama’s Republican Congressional delegation who attempted to overturn election results in battleground states.
On Wednesday, a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol and tried to halt the democratic process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory as some Republican lawmakers were objecting to the results in an attempt to overturn the democratic election.
The AAPI caucus said in a press release Friday: “Meanwhile, all of Alabama’s Congressional delegation with the exception of Senator Shelby and Representative Sewell attempted to throw out votes and disenfranchise voters in Arizona and Pennsylvania.”
Hanu Karlapalem, chair of the AAPI Caucus, said in a statement that the fact that Alabama’s elected officials are so willing to abandon democracy to advance their own party’s agenda is shameful and demonstrates their complete unfitness for office:
“Not only are they undermining the very fabric of our great country in casting doubt on the security of our elections, but they are also encouraging and enabling the attitudes behind what took place in D.C. The insurrection attempt to invade the heart of our country was spurred on by Alabama’s own leaders like Rep. Brooks, who only hours before the attack, called on audience members to ‘take names and kick ass.’ Rep. Brooks, Sen. Tuberville, and the other Republican leaders must take responsibility for their actions and resign immediately, and a complete and thorough investigation of the serious breach in security must begin immediately.”
Wednesday’s riots and insurrection resulted in one woman’s death after she was shot by police while entering the Capitol, and the deaths of three others due to “medical emergencies” during the riot, including one Alabama man, Kevin Greeson of Athens.
Another Alabama man, 70-year-old Lonnie Coffman of Falkvillle, was arrested near the Capitol and charged with firearms crimes. In federal court, prosecutors said he had 11 Molotov cocktails and numerous firearms.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday after being injured by rioters during the Capitol siege Wednesday, the agency said.