‘I can’t contain my rage at Donald Trump’: WA lawmakers react to storming of US Capitol
The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown Wednesday after pro-Trump demonstrators forced their way into the building shortly after 11 a.m. as Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators had said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results.
Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital to protest the ratification of the president-elect’s Electoral College victory before storming the U.S. Capitol building, forcing a lockdown.
Washington State Senator Patty Murray clarified on Twitter that she and her staff are safe, but she condemns the actions at the nation’s Capitol.
Representative Jayapal also confirmed that she’s safe and was “sheltering in place.” She says they had to pull out gas masks and get down on the ground before exiting the gallery above the House floor.
“The world’s eyes are on the United State Capitol,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted, as other local lawmakers and politicians shared their thoughts on the actions in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
State Republican Party Chairman Caleb Heimlich called the disruption “unacceptable.”
Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse echoed those sentiments as well.
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler described the scene on the House floor, saying that “the reports you are hearing about the chaos, panic and dangerous actions by protesters are not exaggerations.” She says Capitol police told her that they had found and detonated four bombs just off the Capitol campus.
All of Washington state’s representatives took to Twitter to say that they’re safe, and most of them called for an end to the violence and attacks.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee called the “siege” of the U.S. Capital “an attack on democracy itself” in a Twitter thread posted Wednesday afternoon.
“The member of Washington’s congressional delegation, their staff and all who serve in the Capitol should never fear for their safety in carrying out the people’s work,” the governor wrote.