R.I. Congressmen react to violence at the Capitol

As supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol Wednesday, forcing Congress into lockdown, pandemonium ensued.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – As supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol Wednesday, forcing Congress into lockdown, pandemonium ensued.

“We right now don’t know whether there are people in the capitol that are armed or not armed.” said Representative Jim Langevin as he sat locked in his office.

“I feel secure where I am, but what is really deeply disturbing to me, is how easy it was for these extremists, these people who were supporting a coup in our national government, to overcome the capitol police,” said Representative David Cicilline.

The violent protesters invaded the building about an hour after a joint session of congress began to certify the Electoral College votes, in which some republicans were planning to object to the results in at least three states.

“The role here in Congress is very ceremonial, and that all we are doing is receiving those electoral votes and counting those electoral votes,” explained Langevin. “We’ve never had anything like this happen before.”

That process was put on pause for several hours as mobs of people breached the Capitol. Some even ended up on the Senate floor.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse tweeted that he and other senators had been moved to a nearby building.

Representative Cicilline laid the blame at President Trump’s feet.

“The president has real responsibility here,” said Cicilline. “He held a rally this morning in which he continued to promote this lie that actually he won and they stole the election from him.”

Around 8 P.M., Congress began to return to their chambers to finish voting. It could go on for many hours.

“I think it’s important that we continue the vote today,” said Langevin. “I think if we stop counting now, and we just go into recess because these violent protesters stormed the Capitol, then they win.”

Congressman Cicilline is now calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove the President from office. He says if he doesn’t act, Congress should introduce articles of impeachment tomorrow.

 

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