Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Again, members of congress were set to tally the electoral votes this afternoon but had to abort the count and were whisked away from their chambers when protestors overran the building which led the U.S. Capitol to go on lockdown.
The breach of the building occurred after President Trump called on supporters at a rally in Washington to march to the capitol.
Wisconsin congressmen, Democrat Ron Kind, and Republican Mike Gallagher condemned today’s protests, urging the president to call off the mob and put an end to the rioting.
Kind said, “No one likes to lose an election but one of our hallmarks, one of our strengths of our democracy for 244 years has been the peaceful transition of power. And this current president has cast doubt on that now and encouraged the type of violence that we are seeing in the streets of Washington. And it’s a shameful exercise, but unfortunately over the past four years we have become numb to outrageous behavior by the president of the united states, and so in a way, it’s not unexpected.”
Gallagher said, “This is the cost of countenancing an effort by Congress to overturn the election and telling thousands of people that there is a legitimate of overturning the election today, even though you know that is not true. We have got to stop this. Mister president, you have got to stop this. You are the only person who can call this off, call it off.”
One person was shot during the riot, who later died from her injuries.
Governor Tony Evers released the following statement regarding the events in Washington D.C.
He said quote “As are so many Wisconsinites and Americans, I am watching these horrifying events unfold in Washington D.C. in disbelief. The peaceful transfer of power is at the very heart of our government and our country. This is an attack on our democracy. Period.”
In his statement, he called for Swift Bipartisan Condemnation. Governor Evers also said he was praying for the safety of the elected officials, staffers, members of the press, and first responders.