Texas politicians plead for calm as Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol | The Texas Tribune

  

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By:   Patrick Svitek and Alex Samuels (The Texas Tribune)

Texas politicians plead for calm as Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol | The Texas Tribune
The chaos began shortly after some GOP lawmakers, led by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, launched a dispute to the certification of Arizona's electoral votes.

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The chaos began shortly after some GOP lawmakers, led by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, launched a dispute to the certification of Arizona's electoral votes.

Texas politicians in both parties pleaded for peace Wednesday afternoon after supporters backing President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, disrupting the Electoral College certification of his reelection defeat.

"I like many people voted for President Trump in the 2020 election and hoped for a different result," tweeted U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin. "But violence and destruction is not the way to express your grievances. This is disgraceful and has to end."

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, was more succinct in a tweet, saying, "Stop this bullshit right now."

The fracas began shortly after some GOP lawmakers, led by Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, launched a dispute to the certification of Arizona's electoral votes. Over the ensuing hour, scenes emerged of Trump supporters storming barricades, breaching the Capitol and even reaching at least one of the chambers.

"Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW," Cruz wrote on Twitter, adding that violence is "ALWAYS wrong" and that "those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support."

Cruz has spent weeks leading up to Wednesday's vote sowing doubts in the electoral process and repeating unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

By early afternoon, proceedings in the Capitol ground to a halt as security rushed Vice President Mike Pence out of the U.S. Senate chamber and the building was placed on lockdown. The mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, ordered a curfew starting at 5 p.m.

Reports from the scene show Trump supporters swarming the hallways of the Capitol carrying pro-Trump paraphernalia — just steps from where lawmakers were meeting. Lawmakers and reporters described hundreds of pro-Trump supporters barreling past fence barricades and clashing with officers. Some demonstrators also mobbed the second floor lobby just outside the Senate chamber while law enforcement officers attempted to guard the chamber doors.

"I'm currently sheltering in place. The Capitol building has been breached and both chambers are locked down," wrote U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso. "This is the chaos and lawlessness @realDonaldTrump has created."

Several others Democrat lawmakers — Reps. Colin Allred of Dallas, Sylvia Garcia of Houston and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen — tweeted that they were safe.

Amid the chaos and confusion, several Republicans encouraged Trump to rally his supporters to tamp down on the violence.

"Mr. President, get to a microphone immediately and establish calm and order. Now. And work with Capitol Police to secure the Capitol. It's the last thing you'll do that matters as President," tweeted U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Austin. In a subsequent interview with The Texas Tribune, Roy, who noted he and his staff were safe, called on the White House to "take action immediately" and for the president to "speak and tell people to retreat from the Capitol."

Among those in Washington on Wednesday was Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spoke at a pro-Trump rally outside the White House before Congress began the Electoral College certification process. Last month, Paxton led an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the presidential election results in four battleground states.

On Wednesday afternoon, Paxton called for calm.

"I am sorely disappointed today in the certification of the election, but I don't believe violence is the answer," Paxton said.

But later in the afternoon, Paxton tweeted a baseless claim, saying "These are not Trump supporters." Many of the supporters in the videos are waving Trump flags and signs and wearing "MAGA" hats and other clothing. Paxton's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Another state leader, Gov. Greg Abbott, issued a statement saying the "violence and mayhem must stop." Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also addressed the situation in a statement that invoked both the pro-Trump protesters Wednesday and apparently those who demonstrated against police brutality last summer.

"Those who burned down our cities last year and those who stormed the U.S. Capitol today do not represent the people of this country," Patrick said. "We can disagree loudly and protest peacefully but the behavior we've seen today and in the last year can never be acceptable to any American."

Patrick chaired Trump's reelection campaign in Texas and has sided with him in his post-election fixation with voter fraud despite no evidence of widespread fraud. Patrick at one point offered up to $1 million as a reward for evidence of fraud.

The Republican Party of Texas also weighed in, saying in a tweet that it supports free-speech rights but "we do condemn violence and pray for all in our nation's capital." Its chairman, Allen West, was a vocal supporter of Paxton's lawsuit and suggested secession by "law-abiding states" after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the suit. West has also appeared at "Stop the Steal" events following Trump's reelection defeat.

The state party also said it was removing its sergeant at arms, Walter West, due to a statement he had made "about the lawlessness occurring at the Capitol Building." The party said it "in no way endorses" his statement. West made multiple Facebook posts Wednesday encouraging people who were storming the Capitol, including one where he shared images of the protesters and said, "You Accepted ANTIFA burning down your cities… Now Deal with them taking back OUR HOUSE!"

Perhaps the strongest condemnation of the pro-Trump rioters among Texas Republicans came from former Rep. Will Hurd of Helotes. He wrote in a tweet: "This is an attack on our democracy and domestic terrorism to try to stop certifying elections. This should be treated as a coup led by a president that will not be peacefully removed from power."

There were also denunciations from Texas Republicans who had resisted objecting to the Electoral College certification, including Roy.

"To those storming the Capitol — I am on the House floor and I will not be deterred from upholding my oath, under God, to the Constitution by mob demand," he wrote. The Austin-area Republican made his disdain for Wednesday's events clear, telling the Tribune he didn't think Congress "should be going down this road" of objecting to the certification and calling for criminal action against members of the mob who breached the Capitol.

"People need to go jail," Roy said. "They need to go to jail for a very long time."

Early Wednesday evening, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, a staunch pro-Trump Republican, urged protesters to refrain from violence. Gohmert was the subject of a censure resolution from Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida, after he warned of post-election violence following a string of court losses by Trump and his supporters.

"Please people; no violence. That only hurts our cause. Those leading the charge like the guy in yellow with the communist hammer & sickle tattoo: stopping the violence applies to you too," Gohmert tweeted.

Texas Democrats, meanwhile, were explicit in linking the harrowing scene to Trump's refusal to accept the election outcome and belligerent rhetoric.

"This is what Trump wanted," tweeted U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin. "Trump's sedition: determined to keep us from doing our constitutional duty."

At a news conference in Delaware, meanwhile, Biden said Trump supporters' breach of the Capitol was "an assault on the rule of law like few times we've ever seen it." The Democrat went on to demand that Trump go on television and publicly "demand an end to this siege."

"At this hour, our democracy's under an unprecedented assault, unlike anything we've seen in modern times," Biden said. "An assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself."

In an interview with C-SPAN, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said the pro-Trump rally that took place earlier Wednesday likely "sent a strong message to a lot of the folks here." Cuellar then reprimanded Trump for being "quick to call the National Guard ... and other folks to certain places when the left was protesting," but not responding as fast to condemn his own supporters.

Trump previously called on his supporters to rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. At a protest earlier in the day, Trump acknowledged that rallygoers were going to march toward the Capitol to encourage lawmakers not to certify the vote.

"I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically, make your voices heard today," he said.

After facing criticism for not doing enough to end the violence at the Capitol, Trump tweeted a video Wednesday afternoon urging his supporters to "go home in peace" — though he continued to share a baseless claim that the election had been stolen from him.

"We have to have law and order. We don't want anyone hurt," he said in a video message filmed at the White House. Then, the president appeared to offer encouragement to his supporters: "We love you. You're very special," Trump said. "I know how you feel."


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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one week ago

Among those in Washington on Wednesday was Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spoke at a pro-Trump rally outside the White House before Congress began the Electoral College certification process. Last month, Paxton led an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the presidential election results in four battleground states.

On Wednesday afternoon, Paxton called for calm.

"I am sorely disappointed today in the certification of the election, but I don't believe violence is the answer," Paxton said.

But later in the afternoon, Paxton tweeted a baseless claim, saying "These are not Trump supporters." Many of the supporters in the videos are waving Trump flags and signs and wearing "MAGA" hats and other clothing. Paxton's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Really, Ken?  Really?  False flag BS?  Bye Felicia, and take your little dogs, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and Ted Cruz with you.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    one week ago

You can tell Trump supporters by the lies they tell and their obvious lack of 4th grade intelligence, if that.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1    one week ago

These people have made me feel ashamed to be a Texan.

Resigning in disgrace isn't enough of a penalty for these people.  Anyone who has spent the last 5 years aiding and abetting Donald Trump must be held accountable.     

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.1    one week ago
Anyone who has spent the last 5 years aiding and abetting Donald Trump must be held accountable.     

Totally agree Sister. And as for being ashamed of being a Texan, don't let their lack of any reasonable intelligence bring you shame. You are not them, and they must stand and face the music for their own actions and words.

Don't take their shame on yourself, as it has nothing to do with you personally. It is their own shame to bear, no one else's.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
1.1.3  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.1    one week ago

These people have made me feel ashamed to be a Texan.

I wonder how the decent citizens of Arizona feel.

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1.4  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @1.1.3    one week ago

This was constructed in view of the Capitol building in the hours before the onslaught.

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Hal A. Lujah
1.1.5  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.4    one week ago

And this is what was happening inside the capital building.  Notice the wad of zip ties in that traitor’s hand.  Just think how this would have ended if DC had open carry laws.  Yet we have several members here bemoaning the shooting of the single insurrectionist, who is a fervent member of a cult that believes democrats eat babies and aliens walk among us.

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1.6  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.2    one week ago

There was a minute last spring when I thought Gov. Abbott was going to do the right thing by helping the citizens of Texas.  At the last minute, he chose to support Trump's 'ignore the virus' stance.  In my eyes, that made him worse than Rick Perry. 

One thing is certain, I will never again blow off voting for the Governor of Texas.  

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
1.1.7  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.6    one week ago

Over 4,000 died from covid yesterday.  I can’t imagine how much virus was spread around the District on Wednesday.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.8  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @1.1.5    one week ago

I have the normal level of personal sympathy for everyone that I hear has suffered some serious misfortune, injury, or death. You have empathy for that person and their family and friends. Of course when the person is a complete stranger your empathy or compassion is limited some by that distance. That is just reality. 

Then we have a case like this woman who invaded the Congress and was killed by law enforcement who assumed it was their job to stop, with deadly force if necessary, someone trying to physically overtake the US congress. I'm sorry she died, but the fact is she caused her own death by attacking the Congress. She was inspired to attack the Congress by her insane political beliefs that are as on the fringe of reality as any we have ever seen. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.9  JohnRussell  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.1    one week ago

It's not only Texas, although since you have so many successful "conservative" politicians down there Texas ends up being somewhat at the forefront of a lot of this nonsense and you are more prone to have politicians that pander to fringe beliefs such as Cruz and Cornyn and Abbott. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
1.1.10  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.8    one week ago

It’s really hard to have sympathy for dangerous stupidity.  My wife’s ex FIL and MIL, who I have met and found to be normal, pleasant and cordial people, decided that this would be a good year to have a big Xmas gathering in RI.  As most of that family are fervent Trump supporters, they all joined in and packed themselves into their house.  Now the patriarch has pneumonia and Covid.  He is in his 80s and was in decent health beforehand.  He refused a nurse’s urging to go to the hospital yesterday and said he’d go today.  I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t even wake up this morning.  Sadly stupid people.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.11  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @1.1.10    one week ago

As the hours go by since the invasion of the capitol, we are learning more of the nature and particulars of the assault on that building. Many offices were trashed, doors and windows were destroyed, things were stolen, the mob had weapons , including molotov cocktails, there was considerable physical assault on police officers, noted in the fact that one officer has died and many more were injured . Something like a dozen officers are still hospitalized.  I am beginning to think that the only reason there was not more real widespread physical carnage is because some of the attackers were disoriented by the "majesty" of the surroundings and didnt really know what to do next. I heard a reporter that was in there say people were wandering around staring at the walls as if they were tourists. 

But as you noted, one ninja looking character was in the senate chamber carrying zip ties, so clearly he intended to restrain as many senators as he could get his hands on. After he had them restrained, who knows what he planned to do to them? 

The senators and house members were terrorized. They knew that the building was under assault by a mob  and they knew shots had been fired. For all they knew the police had been captured or killed, otherwise how would the mob have gained entrance. They were all led to safe spaces underground where they had to remain for five hours. 

The president of the United States was behind this. If our country was what we have always thought it was he would have been arrested by now and of course removed from office by a unanimous voice vote for impeachment. 

We have to regain some sense in this country before things get worse. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
1.1.12  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.11    one week ago

But as you noted, one ninja looking character was in the senate chamber carrying zip ties, so clearly he intended to restrain as many senators as he could get his hands on.

Before long some NT right wing apologist will pipe in and claim that his black attire means that he was antifa, and it was a goshdurn good thing all those MAGA Patriots were there to stop him.  Never mind that the Proud Boys publicly announced that their intentions to dress like antifa to confuse the situation, or that no reporter on the ground saw any actual antifa anywhere the entire day.  These are people who cannot be reasoned with.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.13  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @1.1.12    one week ago
These are people who cannot be reasoned with.

Yep. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.14  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.11    one week ago

So they weren't unarmed. How many times have we heard that police have the right and the duty to shoot to kill even if someone is only armed with a baseball bat?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.15  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @1.1.12    one week ago
Before long some NT right wing apologist will pipe in and claim that his black attire means that he was antifa,

I havent seen anything that indicates antifa was behind this, but I have seen identification of people in the mob who had been at a previous time photographed smiling and laughing with Rudy Giuliani. Reporters that were "imbedded" with the mob for hours say that they heard many of them repeating the standard beliefs of the far right as inspired by such people as Alex Jones, Q Anon websites and President Trump. 

Gullible people are flooded daily with disinformation by people who want to destroy our government and create "freedom".  We need as a nation to get a grip. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.16  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.14    one week ago

I read that many of the mob were carrying weapons such as lead pipes. 

 
 
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