BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Some Alabama lawmakers communicated on social media Wednesday during a lockdown after protesters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
What started as a peaceful protest and rally ended when protesters marched to the capitol, some of them getting inside the Senate chamber Wednesday afternoon. One got up on the dais and yelled “Trump won that election.”
President Trump urged his supporters to come to Washington to protest Congress’ formal approval of Joe Biden’s Presidential Election win.
According to AP, police used tear gas and percussion grenades to begin clearing protesters from US Capitol grounds ahead of the D.C. curfew that started at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday evening Congressman Mo Brooks tweeted and emailed this statement about the violence: “The violence at the U.S. Capitol today is despicable, un-American, and tears at the fabric of our great republic. The scenes of United States Capitol Police being violently attacked and mobs occupying the American seat of government are highly disturbing. Consistent with my history, I ALWAYS condemn lawlessness and violence of any kind and in the strongest terms. As a strong supporter of the Rule of Law, and as a former target of Socialist Democrat gunfire myself, I don’t care what political views motivate the violence, I hope law enforcement and our judicial system prosecute these thugs to the fullest extent of the law.”
Brooks continued, “In America, the appropriate way to achieve political goals, the place to beat the stew out of disagreeable political philosophies, is via free speech, vigorous public debate, and at the ballot box, while always being respectful of the Rule of Law and Law Enforcement. While our election system has major, systemic flaws that Socialist Democrats egregiously exploited in 2020, that election system is still far and away the best place to change the direction and destiny of America.”
Rep. Terri Sewell - (D-AL) tweeted she was trembling, but safe. A picture taken Wednesday afternoon showed Sewell holding one of the escape hoods or masks that were given to lawmakers to protect them from possible tear gas.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) released a video condemning the violence.
Here are some of the tweets from Alabama lawmakers: