Ohio Elected Officials Respond to Violent Situation in DC
This afternoon, pro-Trump protestors marched toward the US Capitol Building in Washington DC following a planned rally event where President Donald Trump spoke to his supporters. Many of the protestors then decided to violently and illegally enter the Capitol building, fighting law enforcement officials and endangering the lives of many elected officials, government employees, journalists and other bystanders.
At least one person has been killed and others injured, but the situation is still ongoing and news is developing.
Many local elected leaders and civic leaders took to social media or emailed statements condemning the violence and illegal activity.
“Our democracy is under assault in our nation’s capital,” stated Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Violent protests are never acceptable and must stop immediately. What we are witnessing does not reflect the overwhelming will of our great country and cannot be allowed to interfere with peaceful transfer of power. We are better than this.”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, an arduous Trump supporter, stated the following across three consecutive tweets: “The situation at the U.S. Capitol is an embarrassment to our country. This must stop immediately. The President should call for the demonstrators to leave our Capitol Building. The final step in the constitutional process of electing our president has been disrupted. This is an affront to our Constitution and everything we hold dear. Those who breached the Capitol breached the Constitution. Peaceful demonstrations outside the Capitol are an exercise of the demonstrators’ First Amendment rights. Stopping the constitutional process by which we elect the president is not.”
“Today’s attacks on the United States Capitol are a shameful attack on American democracy,” stated Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin. “The sitting President is inciting a coup attempt to halt the peaceful transfer of power. President-elect Joe Biden won the election. I encourage everyone, especially Republican elected officials, to stand up and accept the election results. When this violent mob is removed from the Capitol, our nation will continue forward with the certification of the 2020 election. This moment will not break our Constitution or democracy.”
Columbus City Councilmember Rob Dorans stated in two separate tweets that “Domestic terrorists have entered the hallowed halls of our democracy, @realDonaldTrump and every Republican that had supported his crazy election conspiracy crap is responsible for this. I’m holding my breath that no one losses their life today.” — followed later by — “If anyone questioned whether systematic racism existed in this country, compared the law enforcement reaction to what happened today at the U.S. Capital and what occurred down the street in June in Layette Park.”
Joyce Beatty, U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 3rd congressional district, stated the following messages through several Tweets today: “An attack on the orderly functioning of our government is inexcusable. This is absolutely ridiculous. This is Trump’s America. We cannot let Trump win. We will build back better. We will not be distracted. We will not be deterred. We will do the people’s work. The attempted insurrection failed. The people’s will will prevail. We will complete the process. The American people deserve nothing less. Democracy will prevail.”
Steve Stivers, U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 15th congressional district, stated the following message earlier today via Twitter: “Enough. This isn’t the way democracy works. This isn’t the way our republic functions. It’s un-American. The rioters who’ve destroyed federal property & harmed law enforcement officers must be brought to justice. Everyone must disperse & go home. Thank you to all police officers.”
Sherrod Brown, Senior US Senator from Ohio, stated on Twitter: “The violence at the Capitol needs to end now. The lives of countless workers – journalists, staff, and Capitol Police are being put at risk by this attack on our democracy.”
Rob Portman, Junior US Senator from Ohio, stated on Twitter: “The right to protest peacefully is protected under the Constitution but the actions by violent mobs against our law enforcement and property at the @USCapitol building today are not. @realdonaldtrump should condemn this unacceptable vandalism and violence.”
David DeVillers, US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio (which includes Franklin County) stated via Twitter: “Make no mistake… Federal crimes were committed today at our nation’s Capital building. Anyone who traveled from the Southern District of Ohio with the intent to commit such crimes will be prosecuted in the Southern District of Ohio.”