Local Lawmakers React to Capitol Hill Protests

Kentucky Representative Brett Guthrie was on his way to the Capitol when protestors stormed the building.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 11:00 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 12:17 AM

It's a day that will undoubtedly go down in history, one you can probably sum up in one word: chaos.

Local leaders on both sides of the aisle had much to say about the stunning events on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

"I was walking out of my office door when I saw the senate adjourned and got the emergency notification to shelter in place," Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie said shortly after moving to a secure location in Washington, D.C.

He gave his personal account as protesters stormed the Capitol building.

"We are in a safe place, the whole office is safe; as of now we believe we are in a safe spot," he said.

He shared his shock and disappointment of a protest turned violent.

"I think most people came here, almost everybody came here to D.C. this week to be peaceful about it," Guthrie said. "But the ones who literally broke through the Capitol assaulting police officers are not what we need for this country. They are not representing democracy in any way whatsoever."

Representative Guthrie said while he is a staunch supporter of the 1st Amendment, Wednesday's events cannot be considered protests, but rather unnecessary acts of violence.

Across the Tri-State, others took to social media condemning the actions.

In a tweet, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said "Passion, patriotism and love for our nation should always and only be expressed in constructive ways" and "...that any means of violence runs counter to who we are and is never acceptable."

While Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear called the day's events a direct attack on America.

"When you try and use force, intimidation to get what you want to overthrow an election to stop the business of Congress, yes, you are acting as a domestic terrorist," he said in a video message.

Back in Washington, D.C., Indiana Senator Mike Braun, who previously planned to object to electoral votes, reversed his stance. He said what happened in the Capitol had a drastic effect on his decision.

"I am 100% against any of the violence and rioting," he said. "And it should never be tolerated."

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