As Congress convened to certify the presidential election results Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, sowing chaos and sending the building into lockdown.
The group had gathered in support of Trump’s false assertions that he won the election, and that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is somehow fraudulent.
After dozens of people entered the Capitol Building, lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda. At least one person was shot inside the building, and several people have been transported to area hospitals with injuries.
At a rally earlier in the day, Trump had urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. After rioters clashed with law enforcement and breached the Capitol building, Trump tweeted to his supporters to “stay peaceful.” In a later video, he requested that they “go home,” but continued to assert that the election had been stolen from him.
Here’s what Maryland’s representatives have shared:
Sen. Ben Cardin, Democrat: “Pouring the gasoline, lighting the match and then praising the firefighters. Really quite unfathomable that this chaos was instigated - encouraged - by the President of the United States. @POTUS needs to stop this now. His volatile words started it and he must end it peacefully.”
“The Republican enablers who encouraged @POTUS and this insurrection must actively work to calm the crowds and restore order. Words matter and the incendiary language used recently has run counter to the truth and our Constitution.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Democrat: “Hard to take seriously the political arsonists, starting with Trump, when they say they want to put out the flames after they lit the match. I never thought we would live to see the day that violent mobs seized control of the Capitol. I cry for our country.”
Rep. Andy Harris, Republican: “A peaceful protest outside is fine, but what is happening at the Capitol building right now is not. Let us make the case for each state we’re objecting to. Let the points be made. We can’t do that with the riotous behavior.”
Rep. Anthony Brown, Democrat: “I am safe and sheltering in place in my office in Longworth The situation is ongoing. I will provide periodic updates”
Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat: “I am now sheltering in a safe location on the Hill. American democracy will prevail.
Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Democrat: “Let’s be clear. What we’re witnessing at the US Capitol is a dangerous coup attempt incited by Trump. This is a physical attack on our democracy & a threat to national security. These anarchists & their leader must be arrested & tried with sedition. My staff is safe & on lockdown”
Rep. David Trone, Democrat: “I am safe. We have been evacuated. Let me be clear: we will not be stopped by this lawless intimidation.”
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Democrat: “I am sheltering in place inside my Rayburn office with several staffers as instructed by our dedicated Capitol police. This is a very sad day for our country. Mr. President, tell your supporters to stand down before someone gets seriously hurt.”