Colorado Officers Condemn Trump Supporters Assault On US Capitol, Calling For Silence: “This Is Not Who We Are” | Colorado Springs Information
Senior Colorado officials condemned the violence that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the barricades and forced a lockdown while the election results were confirmed.
Members of the Colorado congressional delegation sent messages saying they were safe during the hour following their evacuation from the House and Senate chambers, where Congress was certifying college-elected Joe Biden’s victory over objections from some Republicans .
“We were evacuated from the chamber of the house and taken to a safe place,” tweeted US Representative Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat. “This is not a protest. This is an attempted coup. I never thought we would see such anarchy fueled by our own president.”
Earlier in the day when Congress convened, Trump had angered supporters on the lawn near the White House, the Associated Press reported.
U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn watch protesters break into the U.S. Capitol Chamber in Washington on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
“We’ll never give up,” Trump thundered. “We’ll never give up.” It will never happen. They don’t admit when it comes to death. Our country has enough. We won’t take it anymore. “
Ken Buck, a Republican from Windsor and chairman of the Colorado GOP, has sharply criticized the demonstrators.
“Violence and anarchy must be condemned, we are a nation of law,” Buck tweeted. “Law enforcement must end this now.”
In a previous tweet, Buck embedded a video clip of Trump supporters in a hand-to-hand fight with police officers.
“Every American has the right to protest peacefully,” said Buck. “But storming the US Capitol and attacking the brave men and women of the Capitol Police is wrong. This is not who we are.”
US Representative Joe Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat who opposed an objection to the confirmation of Arizona votes just before protesters streamed into the Capitol, announced on Twitter that he and his staff would be evacuated from the House were safe.
“Thank you to all of our brave law enforcement officers who worked so hard to protect the Capitol Complex,” said Neguse. “Keep the Faith.”
US Representative Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat, posted a photo on Twitter of a Capitol Police officer pointing a gun through a door outside the chambers of the house.
“That’s what it’s about,” said Crow.
Crow later reported that he was safe after briefly trapped in the chambers of the house when protesters tried to enter.
“Update: I was trapped in the house chamber with a few members for a while when protesters tried to ram the doors,” tweeted Crow. “We didn’t know how to get out, but the Capitol Police were able to clear a way and get us out. We’re all safe now.”
US Representative Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado Springs, said in a statement that he and his staff were safe and attacked the protesters.
“My staff and I are safe,” he said.
“I strongly condemn those who have chosen to incite violence and put our prosecutions at risk. Today is supposed to be a day of constitutional debate, not violence. This is not who we are as Americans.”
Democratic US Senator John Hickenlooper and his staff are safe in a safe place, he tweeted, adding that he was grateful to Capitol Police for protecting lawmakers and congressional staff.
“It’s a sad day for our country, but our democracy is stronger than the dangerous attack on the Capitol today,” said Hickenlooper.
US Representative Lauren Boebert, the Rifle Republican who argued on the floor of the house that Arizona’s votes shouldn’t be counted for Biden about half an hour before Trump protesters stormed the Capitol, tweeted from “an unknown location”, The she and she staff were safe and thanked the Capitol Police for their safety.
“I support peaceful protests and the rule of law and denounce all acts of violence,” she said.
Boebert, who declared “Today is 1776” on Wednesday morning, later tweeted a photo of herself signing an objection to the counting of certified votes from states won by Biden.
“1776 is the foundation of our country. Today I signed my name on a document to defend this foundation and our freedom,” she said. “The violence we saw today is inexcusable. Pray for America.”
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