Rep. Kat Cammack: ‘Violence has no place in our politics’
(WCJB) - Florida District 3 Congresswoman Kat Cammack and her staff are now safe and away from the Capitol after protestors supporting President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday.
“Please pray for our law enforcement and for peace,” said Rep. Cammack on Twitter.
The White House has reported the National Guard and federal police are en route to assist after protestors clashed with police and breached security perimeters in the Capitol.
Congressional leaders, like Cammack, were evacuated for safety and were told to put on gas masks.
“We are locked in the House Chamber,” Cammack Tweeted. “They have suspended debate. We have just been briefed the Capitol has been breached. They are asking us to put on masks for tear gas. Violence has no place in our politics. This needs to stop now!”
One person has been shot in the protests and the process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win has been delayed. At an earlier rally, Trump had urged his supporters to march to the Capitol.
Prior to protests suspending the debate, Cammack was one representative that had expressed her intentions to challenge the election results in multiple states.
“My wish and the wish of all the representatives that are joining me in objecting to these states certifications is that the will of the people is expressed through us,” she said, “So as representatives, we are charged with a constitutional duty to be a voice of the people that we represent back home.”
Cammack says she was challenging the results in Georgia and Pennsylvania specifically.
Wednesday evening she released a lengthy statement condemning the violence on capitol hill while standing firm in her election claims.
Congressman Kat Cammack Statement On Events At U.S. Capitol Today
"As of this writing, my staff and I are safe and in a secure location after evacuation by Capitol Police.
"Today, while objecting to the electoral college certification of states with explicit election irregularities, the Capitol was breached by protesters. The situation escalated quickly with members being notified that nearby buildings were being breached. Midway through debate on the objection of the Arizona certification, protesters began attempting to breach the House Floor. In response, Capitol police barricaded the doors and Members were instructed to prepare their evacuation hoods in anticipation of tear gas being deployed. As attempts to gain entry into the chamber grew in intensity, I witnessed fellow Members joining with Capitol Police to further barricade doors by piling furniture. They also began breaking furniture to provide themselves with any means of defense they could find. Within minutes, the sounds of shots began coming through the door. We then began evacuating quickly out of the chamber to a safe location.
"I am currently with my staff and colleagues and will share with you what I have shared with them.
"I am irate.
"I am heartbroken.
"What has transpired here today is unacceptable. Anything less than a full condemnation of this violence is unacceptable. My constituents sent me to Washington to fight for their rights and to be their voice.
"In the midst of fighting a legitimate and most serious objection to the certification of the states with egregious election violations, we were stopped. We were stopped by people not intent on fighting for our Constitutional Republic and our constitution; instead they wanted to tear it down.
"We as a nation have lost too many in the name of service to our Republic. My own family has given much in service to our country from my grandfather who served and was a POW in Nazi Germany to my own brother who served overseas in Iraq. As I write this statement, my husband, who is a first responder, is by my side.
"Anyone who believes that the violence our country has seen as of late is okay, is wrong. Any groups promoting hate or the overthrow of our Republic is, in fact, trampling the flag and Constitution we hold so dear. It is also a slap in the face to every serviceman and woman who has given so much to our nation. Any violence, past or present, I have condemned and will continue to condemn.
“My message is simple. Violence will not be tolerated. If you attack the Capitol, you attack this country. I will fight endlessly to protect our Constitution and the Republic from tyranny. I condemn in the strongest of terms any violence perpetrated by any group.”
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