U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, told President Trump “you have got to stop this” as the president’s supporters stormed the nation’s Capitol yesterday and interrupted a vote on certifying Joe Biden’s victory.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, accused Trump of “inciting domestic terrorism” as members of the state’s congressional delegation denounced the violent protests.
The reactions came as the Capitol protests forced them to evacuate the chambers. Each house had begun to debate an objection to accepting Arizona’s electoral votes when the proceedings were interrupted.
Gallagher had announced prior to yesterday’s proceedings that he wouldn’t support an effort to block acceptance of the electoral votes from a half-dozen states in which the president and his supporters have raised unfounded allegations of widespread fraud.
While he opposed the effort, he also signed onto a statement and a letter that expressed outrage at what the Republicans called “significant abuses” resulting from “the reckless adoption of mail-in ballots and the lack of safeguards.”
As violent demonstrators breached the Capitol, Gallagher posted a video from his office saying those who were pushing objections to some states’ electoral votes had argued to him there was no problem with having such a debate. But he argued, “this is the cost of this effort.”
“This is banana republic crap that we’re watching happen right now,” Gallagher said.
Also posting a video from his office, Pocan called it a “sad day for America.” Pocan said he was prepared to speak on the House floor if anyone objected to counting Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes for Biden.
He later tweeted, “I think we need to call this what it is. An attempted coup.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee tweeted that she was safe and “monitoring the situation.”
“Here’s what I know for sure: we cannot allow domestic terrorists to stop our democracy,” she said.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who also planned to object to the counting of electors from some states before yesterday’s violent outbreak, tweeted, “Please, if you are in or around the Capitol, respect law enforcement and peacefully disperse.”
See the Gallagher video here.
See the Pocan video here.