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Lawmakers from Wisconsin & Michigan React to US Capitol Mob

Lawmakers from our region are reacting to today’s events in the capital.

U.S. lawmakers are still in the capitol. There’s been no reports of any lawmakers being injured.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) tweeted just before 2:00 p.m. local time thanking Capitol Police and asking people to peacefully disperse.

Around the same time Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) tweeted in support of peaceful protest, but that violence is unacceptable.

Both Rep. Tiffany and Sen. Johnson planned to object to the Electoral College vote before the mob stormed the capitol.

Around 2:30 p.m. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) tweeted that she was safe. Baldwin blamed President Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories for the “Un-American attacks on our Democracy.”

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) also tweeted that he was safe and called it an attack on our Democracy.

Similar to Rep. Tiffany, Rep. Gary Bergman (R-Watersmeet) tweeted that he supports peaceful protests, but called attacks on police disgraceful.

Later in the afternoon, Governor Tony Evers released the following statement:

“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.

“There must be swift, bipartisan condemnation in no uncertain terms--by the president, by elected officials who’ve sought to sow division and distrust in our election, by elected officials who’ve failed to unequivocally denounce these efforts, all of which fed into today's events.

“We must be united in calling on these individuals to leave the U.S. Capitol and grounds immediately and peacefully. I’m praying for the safety of the elected officials, staffers, members of the press, and first responders, and for the speedy recovery of those injured.” 

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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