6 GOP Lawmakers Were Among Rioters
Six Republican lawmakers were seen in the crowd storming the Capitol building. Law enforcement agencies report that if proven guilty, the maximum sentence will be up to 20 years.
Tennessee state lawmaker Terri Lynn Weaver was inspired by the attempted coup, calling the event “epic and historic day”. Now Twitter users have included her other officials in the list of traitors and conspirators.
West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans was filmed right in the thick of things. Moreover, he posted a joyful video directly from the Capitol building, but later deleted it, The New York Times reported. Nevertheless, part of the video was found.
Delegates take an oath to uphold the Constitution.— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 6, 2021
Evans raised his hand and swore this last month. pic.twitter.com/GpWeHyCHCL
Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase initially accused the police of killing a woman while trying to break through armed guards. Chase also vehemently denied that the violence took place during the rally. After the protesters were driven out of the Capitol, Chase tried to justify the takeover by arguing that people were backed in a corner.
Last night Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase took to the defense about yesterday's seige at the Capitol. She justified the actions claiming that they were backed in a corner and had enough. pic.twitter.com/23hXpYcN8I— Goad Gatsby (@GoadGatsby) January 7, 2021
Another lawmaker, Missouri State Representative Justin Hill skipped his swearing-in ceremony and went to protest at the Capitol building instead. According to the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Hill Hill did not participate in the siege and was merely an observer.
Missouri State Representative Justin Hill skipped his swearing-in ceremony to be in DC.https://t.co/oKEUD6v1t5— Frank Becker (@penfire666) January 8, 2021
Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano and Michigan State Representative Matt Maddock organized a bus caravan of Trump supporters to stage a violent protest.
This guy, wearing the seal of the state of Michigan, is State Representative Matt Maddock. He is a domestic terrorist. Here is is inciting an insurrection. His wife is the incoming chair of the @MIGOP. He must be censured and have committees stripped. pic.twitter.com/RFCUnxZTCi— State Rep. Rachel Hood (@RachelHood76) January 7, 2021
Democrats in state capitals and in Washington have demanded the immediate resignation of all GOP lawmakers involved in the Capitol riots.
“Any Republican legislator who took part in yesterday’s insurrection, in Washington, D.C. or anywhere else in the country, should resign immediately,” said Jessica Post, who heads the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “Yesterday was a stain on our country’s history and a dangerous affront to democracy — all those involved have no place making laws."
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