‘Unacceptable and un-American’: Missouri Congressional delegation responds after mob storms Capitol

After a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters sieged the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, sending lawmakers into hiding and suspending the process of certifying electoral votes, Missouri lawmakers responded online to what they described as “seditious behavior,” “lawlessness” and “thuggery.”

Members of the state’s Congressional delegation denounced the mob’s violent behavior and voiced support for law enforcement on the scene.

Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican, has faced backlash for publicly denouncing the results of the election, with critics saying rhetoric like his fueled the insurgents. His press office tweeted remarks from the senator, calling for the prosecution of those who broke the law.

Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, tweeted his opposition to the actions of the demonstrators.

When New York Times journalist Jonathan Martin asked Blunt what he wanted to hear from Trump in response to the events, Blunt said, “I don’t want to hear anything,” and called it the saddest day he’s seen in Congress.

Ahead of Wednesday’s session, Hawley and all but one of Missouri’s Republican House members indicated they planned to object to the election results. Certification, normally a routine final step in the electoral process, had become a point of contention as Trump continued to challenge the result of November’s presidential election on the basis of false theories of election fraud.

Missouri’s members of the House of Representatives responded on Twitter after Wednesday’s violence.

Notably, Rep. Cori Bush, D-St. Louis, who is in the first week of her first term in Congress, said she wants to expel those who incited violence at the Capitol.

Other Missouri lawmakers also tweeted condemnations of the events, calling them “un-American” and “undemocratic.”


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