U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau. Photo: Baja Reserva


U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau said Thursday, Jan. 7, that the assault on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. was “unacceptable.”

“There is a clear line between political protest and dissidence, on one hand, and violence and intimidation, on the other,” Landau said on his official government Twitter account.

“The events that took place in our capitol yesterday were unacceptable and do not reflect our political culture nor our democratic values,”

The ambassador went on to say that he hoped and believed that “those people who tried to disrupt the democratic process will face justice for their actions.”

Landau, who was appointed to his post by outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump and who was later shortlisted for a U.S. Supreme Court judge nomination, went on to say that “we have witnessed many transitions since George Washington left power in 1797, and we will soon witness another.”

Despite the tragic mob attack on the Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 6, that very same night the U.S. Congress certified the electoral college votes that affirmed the victory of now-Presdient-elect Joe Biden over Trump on Nov. 3.

“We will have an orderly transition on Jan. 20 (when Biden is slated to take office),” Landau said.

“At various times in our history, the American people have been deeply divided on political issues. Such divisions are not unusual or unexpected in a democracy. For this reason, there are processes and institutions to resolve electoral disputes.”

Landau concluded his tweets by thanking his Mexican followers for their support and commitment to mutually shared democratic values.

Landau, who became Washington’s ambassador to Mexico in August 2019, is a Harvard Law School graduate who clerked for two Supreme Court justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, and argued eight cased before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2017, he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.

…Jan. 8, 2021

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