Local Reaction to U.S. Capitol On Lockdown After Being Stormed By Pro-Trump Mob

In what’s been described as an assault on democracy and an insurrection, a mob of Trump supporters breached the United States Capitol Wednesday, overwhelming Capitol police, breaking glass and scaling walls, creating chaos and disrupting the count of the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy stated: “We are witnessing one of the darkest days in American history. The President must immediately condemn the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol and deploy the National Guard to keep Members of Congress safe and allow a peaceful transition of power.”

U.S. Senator Cory Booker tweeted: “My staff and I are safe. It’s disgraceful that Trump and his allies have enabled this violence and attacks on our democracy. Grateful to the Capitol Police for keeping us safe.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. released this statement:

“Make no mistake, today is one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. But I believe we are better than the discord created in Washington. Our democratic principles have formed the bedrock of our country and they will not be broken by the tantrums of President Trump. I look forward to President-Elect Biden’s inauguration and a return to decency, honesty and truthfulness from our national leaders.”

Protect the Vote Montclair, led by James Cotter and John Sullivan, issued this statement:

“A sad day is upon us. Stoked by the rhetoric of the President, protesters have stormed the Capital and have halted the legal count of electoral votes and endangered the democratic process. The worst of our fears have been manifested.”

Protect the Vote Montclair is working with our partners to better understand the gravity of the events as they unfold. Please stay tuned for information about peaceful actions we can take in response. ”

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. tweeted this:

“After today’s events, I support efforts to remove Trump from office immediately.

Then we need to expel all officials who supported this attempted coup. They serve the Constitution and should be accountable for today’s national tragedy. NO ONE is above the law in America!”

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, after tweeting that she was safe and in a secure location, released this video:

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7 COMMENTS

  1. No worries. Capitalism trumps democracy. Corporate America will fix this. Wall Street will fix this. Humane? Humanity? Nope. Money. Greed. Self interests. I’m sure some politicians are holding fund raisers. They trade in self-interests and take a cut off the top. Same old. There is some good football on this weekend.

  2. Follow the money. Just follow the money with politicians. Then decide which values you want to keep. We’ll still like you.

  3. So, almost 1 in 2 Americans voted for Trump. In Montclair, it was 1 in 10. And the amazing thing is Trump is sleeping in his bed in our house tonight. Even those who voted for Biden still, in may ways, support those who didn’t. The Baby Boomers are officially off the hook for just about everything now. We’re passé. The younger generations now own this sh*t show.

  4. Frank,
    All the world is a stage.
    Some pretty interesting videos coming out. Most if not all will suppressed.

  5. I don’t care about videos. Suppress them. Don’t suppress them. Facebook them. Instagram them. Post some photos of what the meal you’re having or the venue with your friends. It doesn’t matter. Yesterday was just another day among thousands. It was a dramatic. For a day or two. Everyone stuck it to The Man. Raging against the machine. Pointing fingers. Giving speeches.

    I was chuckling about the day of infamy references. 99% of Americans said, “Huh?”. Tell them about Pearl Harbor and 99% will say, “OK, grandpa, what’s your point?” And I get it. I really do. The new, younger American generations will be different. They know. They have a vision. An amazing vision. Yes, they are the world’s future. There is hope. Change will happen. The human race evolves. There is purpose in life.

  6. As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until you punch them in the face.”
    The world is a tough place outside the Montclair bubble…the American bubble for that matter. I hope the younger generation buckles their chin straps and keeps their head up.