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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Public Wise, an organization committed to fighting for a multiracial democracy that reflects the will and protects the rights of the people and the founder of the Insurrection Index, released the following statement on the indictment of former President Trump on three charges related to the January 6th insurrection:
“These are the charges we have been waiting for. Former President Trump will finally have to answer for his leading role in the deadly assault on our Capitol, on our democracy, and for paving the way for rampant election denialism and the rise of dangerous misinformation about our political institutions.
“He has no business running for President. Attempting to overturn a free and fair election and single handedly dismantle American democracy should be an automatic disqualifier for President of the United States. However, that is not the reality we live in. Every single step we have taken toward accountability for January 6 and combatting election denialism has been hard won by activists and everyday Americans. Republicans are trying to ignore this indictment, pretending like it’s background noise. We know that accountability for the deadly violence on January 6th and restoring faith in our elections is a key issue for all Americans, and we won’t allow this to be swept under the rug.
“In order to keep this man from the Oval Office and from successfully carrying out his 2020 plans in 2024 and beyond, we need to make sure he never holds public office again and is held accountable,” said Christina Baal-Owens, executive director of Public Wise and the Insurrection Index.
About Public Wise
Persistent and unyielding in our commitment to a just multiracial democracy, Public Wise fights to secure a government that reflects the will and protects the rights of the people. We accomplish this through education, research, organizing, funding, and partnerships that support more voting and more equitable representation.