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Florida, federal leaders react to situation at U.S. Capitol

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 18:53:48-05

(WTXL) — In response to the pro-Trump protestors storming the U.S. Capitol Wednesday following a "Save America" rally at which President Trump spoke, national and local leaders have released statements regarding the situation.

Vice President Mike Pence:

Senator Marco Rubio:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis:

“Violence or rioting of any kind is unacceptable and the perpetrators must face the full weight of the law. The Capitol Police do an admirable job and I thank them for their hard work.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp:

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried:

“The radical attempted overthrow of the U.S. Capitol, the attacks on Capitol Police officers, and the violent threats against those who swore oaths to uphold our Constitution are direct results of the President urging right-wing agitators to "stand back and stand by." Freedom of speech is a treasured Constitutional right, but our government must protect the interests of all Americans — not only a vocal minority. The President's enablers have inflamed discord and hatred at a historically fragile moment for our nation when we have most needed unity and compassion and do nothing to further solutions to the health, economic, and social issues we face. These actions are terrorism and insurrection against the United States of America, and this attack on our country must be met with swift, severe consequences. I am praying for the safety of members of law enforcement, Congress, and Capitol staff.”

Tallahassee Mayor John E. Dailey:

U.S. Representative Al Lawson (FL-05):

"Today is a sad day for our democracy. This is an embarrassment, and a direct result of President Trump’s inability to accept his loss. This mob was incited by the president and his four years of disgraceful rhetoric. Never in the history of our country have we seen anything like this. My Republican colleagues who have sat back, and watched as the president instigated this anarchy should all be ashamed of themselves.

This is wrong and it has gone too far. Order has to be restored. It is unsafe for members of Congress and their staff to be in DC right now. I don’t want to sugarcoat it. This is not a peaceful protest, and these rioters should be arrested and prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law.”

U.S. Representative Neal Dunn (FL-02):

“The violent behavior we’re currently seeing is abhorrent and unacceptable. Our Constitution protects the right to peacefully assemble; however, it does not excuse breaking into the Capitol or assaulting law enforcement officers. I absolutely do not condone the behavior of the protestors who have breached security and broken the law. While I will still contest the electoral college results today, I will do so in a peaceful and lawful way.

Thank you to the Capitol Police and other law enforcement who have worked to protect me, my colleagues, and the Hill staff. Your selflessness and courage is invaluable.”

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-05):

U.S. Representative Byron Donalds (FL-19):

Florida State House District 8 Rep. Ramon Alexander (via Twitter)

"This is real people. A coup attempt in the United States of America. The 25th Amendment of the Constitution MUST be invoked immediately to remove Donald Trump from the White House."

This is a developing story.