WASHINGTON D.C. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s representatives in the House and Senate gave live updates on their social media pages of the developing situation at the Capitol in D.C. on Wednesday.
Lawmakers were on lockdown in the Capitol as a violent mob of protesters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the Hill as Congress was meeting to affirm Joe Biden’s presidential win.
Protesters have been riled up by Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud to explain his loss.
Representative Rosa DeLauro released a statement just after the curfew went into effect in D.C. at 6 p.m. calling the violence at the Capitol “a coup attempt instigated by President Trump.”
I am grateful for the outpouring of support and relieved to report that both my staff and I are safe.
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, but our democracy will prevail over the violent mob that ransacked our Capitol. In two weeks, President-elect Biden will take office and begin the work of healing our nation.
I stand ready for Congress to reconvene and complete our work counting the Electoral College votes and formalizing President-elect Biden’s victory. Together, we can overcome the hate that inspired today’s events and move forward to a brighter tomorrow.”
At 4:45 p.m., Senator Chris Murphy tweeted, “I am ok, my staff is ok. This is an insurrection. And President Trump bears responsibility. It will not succeed. It will not stop us from doing the work of democracy. It will not stop the transfer of power. Those responsible will be held accountable.”
In a statement to the press, Sen. Murphy added, “Peaceful protest is deeply patriotic. Insurrection is sedition, and those that are taking part today in the attempted takeover of the Capitol, including the destruction and desecration of our nation’s temple of democracy, will be held accountable. But make no mistake—these traitors will not stop the business of democracy. We will get back to the work of certifying the transfer of power as soon as possible, and we will find a way to find strength amidst this horror. I am in a secure location, as are the handful of my staff members who are on the Capitol grounds today. My thanks go out to the Capitol Police and other law enforcement and military personnel who are defending our nation at this moment. We will rise from this dark day as a nation. I am sure of it.”
At 2:51 p.m., Nexstar reports, “Lawmakers are being evacuated from the U.S. Capitol after protesters breached security and entered the building.”
Rep. Jim Himes tweeted at 2:33 p.m. that police have told the House members to prepare to “get under our chairs in the chamber” and “get behind our seats.” He goes on to say “there is no ‘behind our seats.'”
At 2:37 p.m. he added that police have asked the members of the House to “get gas masks out as there has been tear gas used in the rotunda.”
Just before 5 p.m., Rep. Himes tweeted, “The House will return to business shortly. We will do our job, we will do what the constitution dictates and we will not let those who would tear down our democracy cause anything more than a pause in the proceedings.”
In a statement to the press after the Hill was secured Wednesday evening, Rep. Himes said of the “seditious riots” that they were a “tragic result of months and years of lies and incitement by Donald Trump and his craven enablers.”
Today’s seditious riot, attempting to overturn the rightful election of Joe Biden, is the inevitable and tragic result of months and years of lies and incitement by Donald Trump and his craven enablers.
There is blood on their hands.
This is domestic terrorism, and the traitors who brought this violence to the hallowed halls of democracy are the shame of the nation and must be brought to justice.
We will never be dissuaded from carrying out our sacred oaths to the Constitution and ensuring the transition of power on behalf of the American people. On January 20th, Joe Biden will be President. Kamala Harris will be Vice President. And no lies, threats, or mobs can change that truth.”
WEB EXTRA: Rep. Jim Himes says he does not want window broken by violent protesters in House chambers repaired so it can stand as a reminder of the “consequences of misrule and demagoguery.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal has reported just after 3 p.m., “I’ve been evacuated. I’m Safe. This is a sad day for America.”
WEB EXTRA: Full phone interview with Sen. Blumenthal as he sheltered in place during violence at Capitol.
Just before 5 p.m., he released a statement saying, “My staff and I are safe at a secure location. I am absolutely sickened by scenes of anarchist mobs violently swarming the Capitol. It’s not a protest – it’s armed insurrection. This is an assault on the heart of our democracy incited and fueled by the President of the United States and his enablers. Make no mistake: Congress will do its job. This election will still be certified, and President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in on January 20.”
In a Facebook video, Rep. Jahana Hayes says she is sheltering in place safely in her office at the Capitol.
She said of the mob, “People have a right to object. But this level of disruption and violence is unacceptable as part of any objection.”
She goes on to say, “This is not good. I don’t know how else to characterize it. I have my son here in D.C. with me and he’s looking out the window wondering why there are police everywhere and there are firetrucks and sirens. And this is not good…Please pray for our country and our Capitol police and our local and federal law enforcement.”
At about 3:45 p.m., Rep. Hayes reported protesters that had gotten into Capitol Hill were shooting into the House chambers and that she and the other House members were being moved “to an undisclosed location.”