WASHINGTON, D.C. — Multiple Kentucky politicians have released statements regarding the breach at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.
The Republican Party of Kentucky issued the following statement condemning the violence at the U.S. Capitol:
“We denounce the angry mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol today and condemn them in the strongest possible terms. Violence is never acceptable and has no place in our Democracy. The individuals engaged in this criminal behavior are dangerous and destructive and should be held fully accountable. We want to thank the brave men and women of law enforcement who are protecting our leaders and pray for a quick and peaceful end to this situation.”
U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) released the following statement:
“Today’s events at the U.S. Capitol are tragic, outrageous and devastating. They are wholly inconsistent with the fundamental values of our constitutional Republic. The United States is an exceptional nation because we resolve our differences peacefully—through the ballot box, the courts and our democratic institutions—not through violence. What is happening at the Capitol is NOT who we are as a nation, it needs to stop NOW. I pray for peace, unity and the brave men and women of the Capitol Hill Police, the Washington DC Police and peaceful protesters in harms way. May God bless our country.”
Senator Rand Paul tweeted the following: Violence and mob rule is wrong and un-American, and it will not bring about election reform.
Violence and mob rule is wrong and un-American, and it will not bring about election reform.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 6, 2021
Today’s mayhem sets back any intelligent debate for a generation. Just stop it.
Gov. Andy Beshear released the following video on Twitter, calling the mob that breached the Capitol 'domestic terrorists.'
A statement from Gov. Beshear on the events unfolding at the United States Capitol: pic.twitter.com/C4mDMluauu— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 6, 2021
Rep. Hal Rogers tweeted the following regarding the breach.
Violence is never the answer.— Hal Rogers (@RepHalRogers) January 6, 2021
As my staff and I safely shelter in place, I am appalled to see Americans storming the Capitol in an effort to disrupt our very foundation of democracy.
I believe every voice should be heard, but violent methods fall on deaf ears. (1/2)
"At this time, my staff and I are safe and I am in an undisclosed location after evacuating the House floor when protesters made their way inside the Capitol," said Rep. James Comer in a statement. "The outrageous rioting and violence taking place at the Capitol Building is completely unacceptable and not who we are as a nation of law and order. Mob violence is wrong regardless of political affiliation."
Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers issued the following statement regarding the violence.
“The events that occurred today in Washington, D.C. were tragic and should have never happened. This deplorable act of violence that took place at the Capitol Building should be condemned by all.”
Around 2:15 p.m., both chambers of Congress abruptly went to recess as protesters forced a lockdown. Shortly after, Vice President Mike Pence and other lawmakers were evacuated from the House and Senate Chambers. One woman was killed.