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AFL-CIO leader calls Trump protest ‘one of the greatest assaults on our democracy since the Civil War’

  • AFL-CIO union leader Richard Trumka is publicly condemning President Donald Trump's supporters for storming the U.S. Capitol.
  • He called it "one of the greatest assaults on our democracy since the Civil War."
  • Trumka, who has worked with the Trump administration over the last four years, largely blamed the president for instigating the actions.

President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka speaks about his role in securing labor protections in the USMCA trade agreement during an interview with Reuters in Washington, December 19, 2019.Joshua Roberts | Reuters

Prominent union leaders of the AFL-CIO and United Auto Workers are publicly condemning President Donald Trump's supporters for storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it "one of the greatest assaults on our democracy since the Civil War." UAW President Rory Gamble described it as "a very sad day for our nation and our democracy."

"This is truly a singular point in our history. The violence at the Capitol today is a deliberate and despicable attempt by extremists to disrupt our great republic," Gamble said in a statement. "It will not succeed. We, as a nation, are stronger than this one shameful incident."

Trumka, who has worked with the Trump administration over the last four years, largely blamed the president for instigating the actions.

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