WASHINGTON – A large group of supporters for President Donald Trump stormed Capitol buildings in Washington D.C. as lawmakers were set to meet to certify an election win for Joe Biden.
At about 2:15 p.m., the U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown as groups breached the Capitol steps. At 3:40 p.m., the White House said the National Guard has been ordered to the Capitol.
People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) said she was remaining safely in her office.
“Violence has absolutely no place in our politics,” she said.
Violence has absolutely no place in our politics. I implore protesters to remain peaceful in exercising their first amendment rights, and I urge my colleagues to recognize where their actions have led us.— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) January 6, 2021
This is a tough moment for everyone. The National Guard and law enforcement will need to clear the Capitol.— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) January 6, 2021
I urge all protestors, some being from my own district, to disperse.
I am extremely happy that the Speaker of the House has called us back into session this evening, and have headed to the House floor.— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) January 7, 2021
I can't stand the idea that the violent thugs who stormed the Capitol would cause anything more than a pause in our democratic process.
Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01) released two tweets on Wednesday.
“What we are seeing is disgraceful. The Capitol Police saved my life on the baseball field just over 3 years ago and they protect our Nation everyday. Attacks on any of them, innocent civilians, or any elected official should be met with the full force of the law,” he said.
What we are seeing is disgraceful. The Capitol Police saved my life on the baseball field just over 3 years ago and they protect our Nation everyday. Attacks on any of them, innocent civilians, or any elected official should be met with the full force of the law.— Rep. Jack Bergman (@RepJackBergman) January 6, 2021
Michigan Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) went live on Facebook shortly before 3 p.m.
“We are going through an assault on our democracy right here in the capital complex,” he said. “I want you to know I’m safe.”
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Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07) also tweeted on Wednesday.
“The threatening behavior taking place at the U.S. Capitol is dangerous and unacceptable. It is a foundational right to protest peacefully, but violence is never the answer. Grateful for the men and women of the @CapitolPolice who are keeping us safe,” he said.
Michigan congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) shared a video from South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace.
“Donald Trump can end this with one tweet,” Dingell said.
I am safe in a secure location. This needs to end. Now.— Debbie Dingell (@DebDingell) January 6, 2021
We are thankful for the law enforcement working to keep us safe. We will not be deterred from doing our Constitutional duty. When the Capitol is cleared, we will finish our job and certify the 2020 Election for Pres-elect @JoeBiden and VP-elect @KamalaHarris.— Rep. Debbie **Wear A Mask** Dingell (@RepDebDingell) January 6, 2021
We have been told the Capitol is now secure. We must now get back to fulfilling our duty of certifying the 2020 Election.— Rep. Debbie **Wear A Mask** Dingell (@RepDebDingell) January 6, 2021
Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) released two tweets.
In the first, released at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday she said that she was sheltering in place in her office. The building next door to her office had been evacuated at that point.
Congressman Fred Upton said he was safe and sheltered in place.
“I am safe and sheltered in place. Horrified and shell-shocked by the violence of rioters trying to undo the constitutional transfer of power,” he said.
I am safe and sheltered in place. Horrified and shell-shocked by the violence of rioters trying to undo the constitutional transfer of power. @RealDonaldTrump, for the sake of our nation and safety of our people, tell your supporters to stand down and leave town.— Fred Upton #WearYourMask (@RepFredUpton) January 6, 2021
Rep. Peter Meijer (MI-03) tweeted that he is safe and asked people to pray.
Yesterday’s assault on the Capitol didn’t have to happen. Politicians who spread the lies that incited this violence bear responsibility. Politicians who continue to lie in order to shift blame and falsely claim this was Antifa or BLM, are contemptible. More thoughts: pic.twitter.com/ZbMPfPXEi5— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) January 7, 2021
Rep. Bill Huizegna released the following tweet:
Apparently there is a report that I am or was stuck outside of the Capitol building. I am in the Capitol and in the House Chamber. Debate regarding Arizona’s electors has been suspended due to a breach of the Capitol building itself.— Rep. Bill Huizenga (@RepHuizenga) January 6, 2021
Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05) said that President Trump should “demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol grounds immediately.” He had been evacuated from the House Chambers and escorted to an alternate location.
I have been evacuated from the House Chambers and have been escorted to an alternate, safe location.— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) January 6, 2021
This is a dark moment for the history of our country. Praying for an end to the violence and safety for everyone in the Capitol.
.@realDonaldTrump should demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately.— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) January 6, 2021
As soon as this situation is under control and the U.S. Capitol is secure, the House and Senate must reconvene so we can finish our jobs and certify the electoral college results.— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) January 6, 2021
Angry mobs cannot and will not silence the will of the people.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) said that she is safe, her staff is safe and she will provide updates on Twitter.
I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.— Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) January 6, 2021
I will vote to certify the results of the election, protect Michigan voters, and fight against these dangerous attempts to undermine our democracy. pic.twitter.com/TWCf4QssmA
Thank you everybody for checking in on me. I’m safe. My staff is safe. We are on lockdown right now, and I will keep you updated.— Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) January 6, 2021
Michigan Congresswoman Lisa McClain (Romeo) spoke with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit on Wednesday while on lockdown inside the U.S. Capitol building.
McClain, who now represents Michigan’s 10th congressional district after winning election in November, described a sudden evacuation from the U.S. House floor as pro-President Trump demonstrators stormed the Capitol building.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib shared on Twitter that she was safe, and so was her team.
My team and I are safe. We are extremely dismayed and disturbed by what is currently happening at the Capitol.— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) January 6, 2021
Michigan Senators also speak out
Senator Debbie Stabenow said she is safe and sheltering in a secure place.
I'm safe, sheltering in a secure place, and listening to the guidance of law enforcement.— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 6, 2021
Thank you to the Capitol Police and law enforcement for keeping everyone safe.
Despite everything that has happened today, we are returning to the Capitol to complete our work. Michigan’s votes will be counted, and we will affirm the election of Joe Biden as our next President tonight.— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 7, 2021
Senator Gary Peters said he is safe, sheltering in a secure location and will also follow the guidance of the Capitol Police.
I am safe, sheltering in a secure location and will continue to follow the guidance of the Capitol Police.— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) January 6, 2021
Today’s attacks on the Capitol are dangerous, unacceptable and an attack on our democracy—and must stop.
Senate Democrats release statement on”mob violence” at the U.S. Capitol:
Michigan Democratic Party
The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes.