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Disney CEO Bob Chapek calls the U.S. Capitol riots ‘sad and tragic’

Disney CEO Bob Chapek responded to the mob riots at the US Capitol from the last week.

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The logo for The Walt Disney Company appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company through successful purchases of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox’s entertainment businesses, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The logo for The Walt Disney Company appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company through successful purchases of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox’s entertainment businesses, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Richard Drew, Associated Press

Disney CEO Bob Chapek released a new statement about the U.S. Capitol riots that unfolded in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.

  • “Yesterday was a sad and tragic day for our country, one unlike any other in our history. What we saw was an egregious and inexcusable assault on America’s most revered institution and our democracy. Thankfully, the democratic process that we hold dear ultimately prevailed. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we come together as one nation — united by our shared values, including decency, kindness, and respect for others. We should seize this opportunity, and move ahead with optimism and hope for a better, brighter future for all of America.”

Context:

On Wednesday, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol to interrupt Congress’ joint session that was certifying Joe Biden as the next president. The violent protests led to five deaths. Biden was later certified by Congress early Thursday morning, as the Deseret News reported.