During the protest, a violent clash broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police. With the Capitol under lockdown and lawmakers sheltering in place, Congressional members from both sides of the aisle took to social media to call on the protesters to stop.
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Former President Barack Obama said history would remember Wednesday "as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation." But also expressed hope.
"I've been heartened to see many members of the President's party speak up forcefully today," Obama said. "Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who've refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably. We need more leaders like these - right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It's up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal."
Here’s my statement on today’s violence at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/jLCKo2D1Ya— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 7, 2021
Gabby Giffords, former member of the United States House of Representatives representing Arizona, who resigned due to a severe brain injury suffered during an assassination attempt and whose husband was just sworn in as a U.S. Senator for Arizona, shared a poignant message.
"As I sat waiting for information about @SenMarkKelly's safety today, I couldn't stop thinking about what you must have gone through 10 years ago this week," noting it has been almost exactly a decade ago this week since her attack.
As I sat waiting for information about @SenMarkKelly’s safety today, I couldn’t stop thinking about what you must have gone through 10 years ago this week. I’m so glad you and your staff are safe. I love you, sweetie.— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 7, 2021
"I'm so glad you and your staff are safe. I love you, sweetie," Giffords concluded.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger called the current events a "coup attempt."
This is a coup attempt.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 6, 2021
Kinzinger also called out Trump, claiming he is "not protecting the country."
You are not protecting the country. Where is the DC guard? You are done and your legacy will be a disaster. https://t.co/7jWYWE7TVj— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 6, 2021
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also called out President Trump and said, "It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down."
Mr. President @realDonaldTrump the men & women of law enforcement are under assault. It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 6, 2021
Prior to that, Rubio also tweeted that the events at Capitol Hill are "a third world style anti-American anarchy."
There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 6, 2021
Rep. Brian Mast of Florida called the scene "unpatriotic" and called on the protesters to stop "so we can return to our democratic process."
Attacking our Capitol and the selfless law enforcement officers defending it is as unpatriotic and appalling as it gets. The people who are doing that must stop so we can return to our democratic process!— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) January 6, 2021
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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shared with followers that he was safe and had been evacuated.
I am safe. Thanks so many for asking. Senators have been evacuated to a nearby building. Waiting for Capitol Police to retake Capitol and restore order.— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 6, 2021
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey described the incident as an "absolute disgrace."
This is an absolute disgrace. I appreciate the work of the United States Capitol Police under difficult circumstances. I am currently safe as are the few members of my staff that are currently at the Capitol complex.— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) January 6, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted at protesters that "violence is ALWAYS wrong." He added that those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support."
Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 6, 2021
The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong.
And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support.
As the events unfolded, Cruz tweeted "violence is unacceptable. Even when passions run high."
Violence is always unacceptable. Even when passions run high.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 6, 2021
Anyone engaged in violence—especially against law enforcement—should be fully prosecuted.
God bless the Capitol Police and the honorable men & women of law enforcement who show great courage keeping all of us safe.
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California Rep. Karen Basse said she was safe and, like Kinzinger, also called the incident a "coup."
I am safe in a secure location.— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) January 6, 2021
The President of the United States is inciting a coup.
We will not be intimidated. We will not be deterred.
Rep. Judy Chu added that Trump and his supporters "who are spreading lies about the election are responsible and they need to put an end to this incitement."
I am safe and in lockdown in the Capitol. The President and his supporters who are spreading lies about the election are responsible and they need to put an end to this incitement.— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) January 6, 2021
While Rep. Eric Swalwell also added that, "Any elected official who does not denounce this full-frontal assault on our democracy is assisting a coup attempt on the Capitol."
As Representatives, we swear on oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 6, 2021
Any elected official who does not denounce this full frontal assault on our democracy is assisting a coup attempt on the Capitol.
In the midst of the events, President Trump also took to Twitter to call on his supports to "remain peaceful" and to respect law enforcement.
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
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Vice President Mike Pence, who, as Senate president, presided over the electoral confirmation as the chaos began, also tweeted to followers. "The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now," Pence tweeted.
The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 6, 2021
Maryland Sen. Bill Cassidy called on Trump to "condemn the violence" taking place on Capitol Hill.
.@realDonaldTrump please appear on TV, condemn the violence and tell people to disband.— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) January 6, 2021
Minneapolis Rep. Ilhan Omar shared on Twitter she was drawing up Articles of Impeachment, adding "Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate. We can't allow him to remain in office, it's a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath."
I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021
Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate.
We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.
During the series of events, a woman was reportedly shot inside the U.S. Capitol amid a melee with Trump supporters, sources told ABC News. She was seriously injured, sources said. It is unclear what led to the shooting or if law enforcement was involved.