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Michigan Lawmakers React After U.S. Capitol Lockdown, Protesters Storm Building

Representative Dan Kildee

Michigan lawmakers express shock, disbelief at chaotic scene at nation's Capitol.

Protesters stormed the United States Capitol as Congress was undergoing the process of confirming the Electoral College vote to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Before chaos arrived at the Capitol, many Republican lawmakers were already in the process of throwing a wrench at the confirmation process.

Following a planned protest event which included angry rhetoric from President Donald Trump and his allies, waves of protesters headed toward the Capitol, eventually breaching the building. Both the House and Senate chambers were placed under lockdown as the situation grew out of control. Congressman Dan Kildee (D) of Michigan’s 5th District was one of many lawmakers caught up in the dangerous scene.

Kildee later tweeted that he had been safely evacuated. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 8th District), whose district includes Ingham County, confirmed that the National Guard had been cleared to disperse protesters at the Capitol, and urged Pro-Trump extremists, including those from her district, to leave the area.

Republican Jack Bergman (MI-01), who had expressed his plans to object to the Electoral College vote, disavowed the actions of the protesters who descended on the Capitol.

Tim Walberg (R-MI 7th District), who along with Bergman planned to object to the vote, also denounced protesters.

A collection of more tweets from Michigan lawmakers:

Karel Vega served as radio news managing editor at WKAR from 2020 to 2023.
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