Many business leaders spoke out individually, though many avoided calling out the president and other politicians by name. “I strongly condemn the violence in our nation’s capital,” Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
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“Our elected leaders have a responsibility to call for an end to the violence, accept the results and, as our democracy has for hundreds of years, support the peaceful transition of power,” he said.
The chief executive of Wells Fargo, Charles Scharf, called on leaders to “come together to address the divisions in our society” and complete the “peaceful transition of power” to Mr. Biden. The chief executive of Bank of America, Brian Moynihan, called the events “appalling,” and Michael Corbat, the chief executive of Citigroup, said he was “disgusted.”
Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said the events were “shocking and scary for all of us,” in an email to employees that was obtained by The New York Times.
“The lawlessness and violence occurring on Capitol Hill today is the antithesis of democracy and we strongly condemn it,” Mr. Pichai said.
Tim Ryan, the chief executive of the accounting firm PwC, formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, was addressing staff during a previously planned webcast as the Capitol was stormed, prompting him to tell employees what was happening.
“Our Capitol building has been stormed by protesters that are resisting our democratic process and are threatening violence,” Mr. Ryan said, according to the company. “I think it is safe to say that this is a surreal day that will go down in our country’s history, and it is devastating to watch these events unfold right before our eyes.”