WASHINGTON — Wisconsin lawmakers are reacting, many of whom were evacuated to an undisclosed location, after supporters of President Trump breached the U.S. Capitol building as legislators began to certify President-elect Joe Biden's presidential victory.
Two senators and eight representatives represent Wisconsin in Congress. All are assumed to have been present at the certification, scheduled to take place all day Wednesday. That process was postponed, however, after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building and became locked into an armed standoff with police.
Ron Kind, (D - La Crosse), said "it's a disappointment when today should be a day of celebration of the time-honored tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.”
Milwaukee Democrat, Rep. Gwen Moore echoed that sentiment. “To have won those two races in Georgia, certification of a new president, should've brought a lot of hope,” said Moore.
Democrat Marc Pocan of Madison shared a video of the crowds of protesters and rioters on his social media, writing that "it's a sad day for America when the president is inciting domestic terrorism and acting so incredibly irresponsibly because he is not happy he lost the election.”
Strong words were also hurled at President Donald Trump from Republicans. Green Bay’s Mike Gallagher spoke on CNN. “The president needs to call it off, call it off. It's over, the election is over… The objectors need to stop meddling with the primal forces of our democracy here they need to stop it” said Gallagher.
Juneau Republican Scott Fitzgerald, who was just sworn into Congress this week, denounced the violence and said in a statement, “It is my hope that the House will soon resume debate on the electoral ballots in order to uphold our Constitutional responsibility. We should not be further delayed from addressing this serious issue due to today’s lawless acts.”
We have collected a number of responses from current and former lawmakers representing Wisconsin:
Sen. Ron Johnson (R - WI)
Please, if you are in or around the Capitol, respect law enforcement and peacefully disperse.— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) January 6, 2021
The Capitol Police have acted with incredible professionalism. I sincerely thank them for their service and condemn all lawless activity.— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) January 6, 2021
Sen. Ron Johnson also told CNN he won’t object to Wisconsin election results.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D - WI)
I am safe, but it's disgraceful that our country has to experience this violence because of Trump's lies, conspiracies and un-American attacks on our Democracy.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) January 6, 2021
Rep. Gwen Moore (D - 4th District)
A woman is dead! The U.S. Capitol is under siege. Peaceful transfer of power has been disrupted.— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) January 6, 2021
Trump has incited this chaos & violence. The 25th amendment must be invoked. If not, Congress must impeach & convict Trump.
13 days is far too long for Trump to remain in office.
Thank you all for your concern, I am safe and monitoring the situation.— Gwen S. Moore (@Gwen4Congress) January 6, 2021
Here's what I know for sure: we cannot allow domestic terrorists to stop our democracy.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D - 2nd District)
Video from roof of Longworth, showing west side of Capitol. pic.twitter.com/tNxbCr8NZB— Mark Pocan (@MarkPocan) January 6, 2021
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R - 8th District)
Rep. Ron Kind (D - 3rd District)
Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R - 5th District)
“I was in the House Chamber when the Capitol was breached – thankfully, my staff and I are safe and secure. My thanks to law enforcement for their efforts to restore order and I strongly condemn the violence that was inflicted on the men and women of law enforcement doing their duty."
"It is my hope that the House will soon resume debate on the electoral ballots in order to uphold our Constitutional responsibility. We should not be further delayed from addressing this serious issue due to today’s lawless acts.”
REACTION FROM OTHER WISCONSIN LAWMAKERS
Gov. Tony Evers
“As are so many Wisconsinites and Americans, I am watching these horrifying events unfold in Washington, D.C. in disbelief. The peaceful transfer of power is at the very heart of our government and our country. This is an attack on our democracy. Period."
“There must be swift, bipartisan condemnation in no uncertain terms--by the president, by elected officials who’ve sought to sow division and distrust in our election, by elected officials who’ve failed to unequivocally denounce these efforts, all of which fed into today's events."
“We must be united in calling on these individuals to leave the U.S. Capitol and grounds immediately and peacefully. I’m praying for the safety of the elected officials, staffers, members of the press, and first responders, and for the speedy recovery of those injured.”
Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:
All summer long, we spoke out against the riots and violence across America. It was wrong then and it is wrong today.— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) January 6, 2021
Please pray for America.— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) January 6, 2021
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus:
Many of these folks are nothing but domestic terrorists. And many are criminals and trouble makers all acting in a manner opposite of patriotism. These violent people have no respect for democracy. Pure insanity and disgusting.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) January 6, 2021
Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley:
“It is a sad and dark day for our country when more than 100 House members, a dozen Senators, and the President of the United States incite domestic terrorism and attempt to delay or disrupt the peaceful transfer of power of the presidency."
“For weeks, the President has made false claims disputing the outcome of the election and encouraging the conspiracy theories of fringe, violent, Trump extremists who vowed to challenge the result of the November elections. The dangerous and violent scenes that continue to play out in our nation’s capital could have been prevented, instead they were enabled by the very people who took an oath to defend the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic."
“Today’s events are a humiliating day for this country, but it was weeks in the making as the President encouraged the overturn of a democratic election. This is nothing short of an attack on American Democracy and the rule of law, an attack that must be brought to an end immediately. Congress must be allowed to complete a peaceful transfer of power and get back to the working on behalf of the American people.”