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WEB EXCLUSIVE Last night in DC, after President Trump addressed his supporters at the Ellipse and pledged to “never concede” to the 2020 election, a large group of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Police barricades were broken, violence and assault ensued, monuments were defaced, and many Trump supporters were able to break into the Capitol building, armed with various weapons. Four people died and over 50 protestors were arrested last night and this morning. The events were unprecented and horrifying, to say the least.
Here’s a look at what our North Carolina senators and representatives had to say about last night’s events through tweets and interviews with other news outlets.
Senator Thom Tillis
I proudly back the blue and support law and order, which is why I condemned the violence that took place in cities across the nation this summer. It’s a national disgrace to have a mob attacking Capitol Police and engaging in anarchy. This is not what America stands for.— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) January 6, 2021
Senator Richard Burr
According to an article by WSPA, Burr said that President Trump “bears responsibility for [yesterday’s] events” and has fueled events as such by promoting “unfounded conspiracy theories.” Burr was also quoted saying, “It is past time to accept the will of the American voters and to allow our nation to move forward.”
Representative G.K. Butterfield
Butterfield retweeted the following tweet from Nancy Pelosi last night during the events.
Today’s shameful assault on our democracy — anointed at the highest level of government — must not deter us from our responsibility to the Constitution. Tonight, we will move forward with the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 7, 2021
Representative Deborah Ross
Ross tweeted about the election and included a statement concerning last night’s events at the Capitol.
The peaceful transition of power is a core tenet of our democracy and one that we, the people, have always respected. Today’s dangerous events, incited by hate and misinformation from the highest levels, are heartbreaking and wrong. They have no place in our political discourse.— Deborah Ross (@DeborahRossNC) January 6, 2021
Representative Greg Murphy
Murphy tweeted a thread of remarks on the events.
Representative David Price
Pro-Trump protesters have stormed the U.S. Capitol building, forcing the House into recess. I am safe.— Rep. David E. Price (@RepDavidEPrice) January 6, 2021
Thank you to our brave Capitol Police officers who are actively working to protect Members, staff, and the press.
Price later tweeted directly at Trump.
.@realdonaldtrump: your video message isn’t enough — you incited this mob with your lies.— Rep. David E. Price (@RepDavidEPrice) January 6, 2021
Representative Virginia Foxx
Foxx tweeted “The People’s House will not bend to mob rule and we will not abdicate our Constitutional duties” and released a full statement on her website.
Representative Kathy Manning
CBS 17 reported the following quote from Manning and called for President Trump to be removed from office immediately.
“President Trump invited violent rioters to the U.S. Capitol and encouraged the mob to breach the Capitol building and attempt a coup,” Manning said. “This seditious act comes just days after he was caught on tape soliciting election fraud in the state of Georgia. He must be removed from office immediately.”
Representative David Rouzer
2/2 This is not who we are as a nation. A vigorous debate and differences of opinion should never — ever — be an excuse for lawlessness and violence. Praying for our Capitol Police, other law enforcement personnel and those injured today.— David Rouzer (@RepDavidRouzer) January 6, 2021
Representative Richard Hudson
Hudson sent out the following tweet with a link to his full statement on last night’s events.
We cannot move forward if we accept violence we witnessed this summer in cities & today in the Capitol as the new normal for resolving differences. We must come together, condemn violence of any kind, and heal this nation. Full statement on today’s events:https://t.co/SfnveEJp5v— Richard Hudson (@RepRichHudson) January 7, 2021
Representative Dan Bishop
Bishop did not have anything to say about the riots at the Capitol, but did send out this tweet concerning the election.
Democrats’ attack on our elections was not minor or sporadic. It was coordinated & widespread.— Rep. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) January 6, 2021
The burden of proof is on the Democrats in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan & Georgia. I will be not be voting to affirm Presidential election results in those states.
McHenry released a full statement on last night’s events on his website. Read it here.
Representative Madison Cawthorn
I strongly condemn all acts of violence and urge protestors to only engage in PEACEFUL protests.— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) January 6, 2021
The storming of the Capitol today was a reprehensible act and unacceptable in this country.
Pray for our country.
Representative Alma Adams
Last night, Adams tweeted the following thread.
Representative Ted Budd
Budd tweeted the following update last night.
Wanted to give everyone an update from the Capitol…— Congressman Ted Budd (@RepTedBudd) January 7, 2021
– I’m back in my DC office.
– We’re all safe.
– Huge thank you to law enforcement.
– Mob rule is not representative of our country.
– I’m still prepared to have this debate. pic.twitter.com/74g9fQ2PZl
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