Local political leaders condemned and lamented the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The Twitter account representing state senate GOP members called the civil disruption “unacceptable in any circumstance as were all of the violent protests we have seen over the last six months.”
“Violence is never the answer. What we see unfolding today in Washington D.C. is putting a black eye on our party and our Republic,” read the Twitter account of the state Republican Party, CT GOP.
The top Democrat in the state senate, Bob Duff, called the events in Washington “treasonous,” and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, tweeted: “This is an insurrection. And President Trump bears responsibility.”
The mob overpowered police, broke through security lines and rampaged through the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were putting the final, formal touches on Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the Electoral College. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the siege.
The day after the violent uprising, U.S. Rep. John Larson (CT-01) called on the rioters to be prosecuted. “Now that the initial chaos has broken, it is clear there must be a thorough investigation to find those who participated in this incursion, prompted by President Trump, and ravaged the Capitol building,” said Larson, a Democrat. “They must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) said, “Make no mistake, this was a coup attempt instigated by President Trump. Everyone who has aided and abetted him for the past four years bears responsibility for today’s violence.”
“January 6 will go down as a dark day in United States’ history,” the Democratic congresswoman added, “but our democracy will prevail over the violent mob that ransacked our Capitol.”
Republican state senator Henri Martin (R-31) said Jan. 6 was “a sad day for the United States.”
"President Trump and his supporters must accept the results of the election and move on. The American people and the judicial process have spoken,” said Martin. “The time for our country to come together is long overdue.”
Town Times report