(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:
Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 6, 2021
Senator Marco Rubio:
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
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
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:
This is absolutely disgraceful, un-American, and must stop immediately. The rule of law matters. https://t.co/5aV6hqF0Mm— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) January 6, 2021
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:
President Trump must immediately call on his supporters to stand down and respect the results of the election.— Mayor John E. Dailey (@MayorOfTLH) January 6, 2021
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):
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.
U.S. Representative Byron Donalds (FL-19):
Americans have the right to peacefully protest & demand their government works for them—that doesn’t mean we resort to violence. Rule of law must stand during our nation's brightest & darkest hours & that includes right now. We are better than this. There is no place for anarchy.— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) January 6, 2021
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.