Hogan condemns violence at U.S. Capitol, sends Md.’s law enforcement to assist

Hogan condemns violence at U.S. Capitol, sends Md.’s law enforcement to assist

Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon as Congress counted the Electoral College votes from the 2020 Presidential Election (Screenshot)

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Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday condemned the supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol while members of Congress were counting the Electoral College votes that are all but certain to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the November 3 contest.

“All Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation’s Capitol. This is a heinous and violent assault on the heart of our democracy. I will not stand for this, and neither should any American,” Hogan said in a statement.

Hogan said he is sending Maryland state troopers and national guard members to assist the U.S. Capitol Police in securing the premises.

“I am in close contact with congressional leaders about the situation inside the Capitol. At my direction, the Maryland State Police is sending in troopers to assist the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police. I have instructed the Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard to call up a rapid response force to support law enforcement and restore order.”

The intrusion, which forced members to stop counting the votes, reportedly began around 2 p.m.EDT. as both the House and Senate separately adjourned to debate an objection to the certification of Arizona’s 11 electoral votes.

One female protester was reportedly fatally shot by U.S. Capitol Police. Reports indicate that protesters not only breached the House and Senate chambers but also the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). One protester was caught on camera spraying an unknown chemical inside the Capitol complex. It is unclear whether the chemical was tear gas or a fire extinguisher.

Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the counting of the votes, was reportedly taken to a secure location and said those who broke the law would be prosecuted.

Both Pence and Trump pleaded in tweets for the protesters to remain peaceful and to respect law enforcement.

The Capitol was placed on lockdown during the insurgence.

President-Elect Joe Biden pleaded for President Trump to come on camera and tell the protesters to go home. Shortly after, Trump told the protesters to go home and called for peace in a taped video and published on Twitter. “Go home in peace,” he said, after telling them the election was stolen, a claim that has been widely disputed. The president has provided no evidence to support wide-spread fraud allegations in the 2020 election.

Twitter deleted the video because the company said it contained inaccurate and false information. Twitter then suspended Trump’s account.

At about 8 p.m. most of the protesters eventually dispersed and lawmakers reconvened late in the evening to count the electoral college votes.

About The Author

Bryan Renbaum

Bryan@MarylandReporter.com

Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at: bryan@marylandreporter.com

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