President Trump has called for calm after protesters stormed the Capitol building, and he has deployed the National Guard after Congress had to be evacuated.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order—respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also appealed to protesters not to resort to violence, tweeting out, “Thank you to the Capitol Police for protecting the People’s House. Protesters have a Constitutionally protected right to be heard, but I urge them to remain peaceful.”
McCarthy told CBS News, “What we are currently watching unfold is un-American. I am disappointed. I am sad. This is not what our country should look like.”
Lawmakers, who were in the process of certifying the Electoral College votes, were evacuated from the House and Senate floors earlier after protesters broke through barricades and stormed the building. Shots were reportedly fired, with at least one protester injured.
GRAPHIC FOOTAGE: Apparent gunshot victim being rushed to ambulance at US Capitol pic.twitter.com/5KUqr3KFsm
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 6, 2021
President Trump has implored protesters to “go home and go home with peace.”
President Trump has tweeted again, this time urging “everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful.” President Trump continued, “No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order—respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
The crowd erupted after Vice President Pence stated he doesn’t believe he “unilaterally” can accept or reject electoral votes.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led a group of senators today in contesting the Electoral College slate certification, tweeted, “Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW.”
Former Attorney General Bill Barr issued a statement about the Capitol building breach calling for the presence of federal law enforcement, “Violence at the Capitol Building is outrageous and despicable. Federal agencies should move immediately to disperse it.”
With more than 100 GOP legislators ready to object to voting irregularities and fraud from the battleground states, it is unlikely their objections will be accepted. Democrats are expected to declare Joe Biden the next president.
The objections and debates were likely to go until Friday, but the whole process has been derailed.