Southwest Florida Members of Congress Respond to This Week's Insurrection Attempt
Many politicians took to Twitter to express their feelings about the violent mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol, interrupting the certification of the electoral college votes for President-elect Joe Biden. Here is how Southwest Florida's U.S. Representatives and Florida's U.S. Senators responded to the pro-Trump extremists who stormed the capitol building.
US Senator Rick Scott implored people to help law enforcement identify rioters to bring them to justice. He also tweeted support and condolences for the capitol police officer who was killed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of @CapitolPolice Officer Brian Sicknick, who bravely protected us during Wednesday’s attack at the Capitol.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 8, 2021
The lawless thugs who perpetrated this disgusting attack must be held accountable to the highest degree of the law.
Senator Marco Rubio admonished the insurrection while pleading with President Trump for law enforcement assistance. He also posted his remarks before voting to certify the Electoral college Vote.
There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 6, 2021
Some misled you— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2021
That the VP could reject ballots
That objections could pass or used as leverage to force an audit
They knew the truth but thought it was a great way to get attention & raise money
Congressman Greg Steube began the day discussing his intent to object to the electoral college votes of four states, and ended the day tweeting his personal account of being barricaded into a room for safety.
I'm objecting to the electoral votes of GA, PA, WI and MI.— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) January 6, 2021
If we fail to challenge the blatant improprieties that have marred the 2020 election, we let honest votes go uncounted. Anything less would fail our country now and into the future.https://t.co/pSC3D1pe1W
Congressman Byron Donalds also began the day ready for his first official action as a US Representative; objecting to the electoral college votes. He too, ended the day with a statement against the violent attempt at insurrection.
Representative Mario Diaz-Ballart called for justice in the aftermath, and expressed his outrage in English and Spanish.
We must protect and revere law our enforcement officers who put their lives on the line each day for our safety.— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) January 6, 2021
While peaceful protests are an integral part of our democracy, lawlessness and violence are NOT acceptable.
The Capitol building is the center and sacred symbol of democracy. Today’s violent actions undermine the principles and values that our nation was founded on.— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) January 6, 2021
Individuals who broke into the US Capitol or assaulted our law enforcement should face the full consequences of the law.
(1/2) El Capitolio de EE. UU. es el centro y símbolo sagrado de la democracia. Las acciones violentas de hoy constituyen la mas inaceptable agresión contra los principios y valores que fundaron nuestra nación.— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) January 6, 2021
Representative Vern Buchanan's Twitter statements expressed his shock and disapproval of the violence. He said it inspired him to vote to certify the election in order for the nation to "move past this election."
What’s happening now in the U.S. Capitol is sickening and unacceptable. Guns drawn inside the House chamber and reports of shots fired and one woman in critical condition make this a dark day in the history of our nation.— Rep. Vern Buchanan (@VernBuchanan) January 6, 2021