Kansas and Missouri Congressional Delegations Condemn Pro-Trump Extremists
Thousands of pro-Trump extremists have stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing members of Congress to shelter in place.
Members of Kansas and Missouri’s Congressional delegations tweeted that they were safe after pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon.
Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, and Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, said that they were sheltering in place.
I am currently locked down in a safe and secure location. The country that I am seeing on television is unrecognizable to me. I will continue to pray for the safety of my colleagues and the Capitol Police Officers.— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) January 6, 2021
I'm currently safe and sheltering in place while we wait to receive further instruction from Capitol Police.— Rep. Sharice Davids (@RepDavids) January 6, 2021
Today is a dark day for our country. It's unacceptable that we have a President who has repeatedly condoned and even encouraged this despicable behavior. It must stop.
For two months, President Trump has falsely claimed that the election was stolen from him. He urged his supporters to disrupt Senate proceedings to officially recognize Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
On Wednesday, that’s what they did, smashing windows and descending on the House and Senate Floors.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, called what the protestors were doing “shameful.”
The events unfolding at the Capitol are shameful. There is no justification for violence and destruction. It has to stop now. This is not who we are as a nation. Thank you to the Capitol Police who are keeping us safe.— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) January 6, 2021
Newly-seated U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, tweeted that he stood with Capitol Police trying to protect the building.
So did U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran.
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, called for an end to the violence.
Statement from Senator Josh Hawley:— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) January 6, 2021
Thank you to the brave law enforcement officials who have put their lives on the line. The violence must end, those who attacked police and broke the law must be prosecuted, and Congress must get back to work and finish its job
In recent days Hawley has been vocal about calling for a challenge to the electoral college certification, though there has been no evidence of election fraud.
In a statement, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, called the mob's actions "disgusting."
"The violent rioting on Capitol Hill is appalling and must stop! These so-called protesters have exhibited behavior one would expect to witness during a third world coup. This disgusting behavior is not representative of what we stand for as a country, "Hartzler said.
"This is thuggery and violators must be punished to the fullest extent allowed under federal law. We cannot heal our divides as a nation if this lawlessness persists.”
Rep. Jake LaTurner, R- Kansas, called the insurrection a "betrayal" of the First Amendment.
"The First Amendment guarantees the right of Americans to peacefully assemble, and I will always defend that right. This is un-American and an utter betrayal of that founding principle. This must stop now."