For the first time in more than 200 years the U.S. Capitol building was breached. American politicians condemned the pro-Trump mob’s siege of U.S. Capitol.
- USA! USA! USA! USA!
- The House will be in order.
JOE BIDEN: I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution, and demand an end to this siege and this god-awful display today. Is bringing home to every Republican and Democrat and Independent in the nation. We must step up. This is the United States of America. So President Trump, step up.
DONALD TRUMP: We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don't want anybody hurt. It's a very tough period of time. There's never been a time like this where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us, from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace.
So go home. We love you. You're very special. You've seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.
MITT ROMNEY: Now we gather due to a selfish man's injured pride and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the president of the United States. Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. The best way we can show respect for the voters who were upset is by telling them the truth.
CAROLYN MALONEY: Personally, I believe once security is restored, we should go in and finish our work and vote to ratify the election of President Biden so we can proceed to the swearing-in ceremony that's required in the Constitution of January 20.
MITCH MCCONNELL: We've never been deterred before, and we'll be not deterred today. They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed. They failed. They failed to attempt to obstruct the Congress. This failed insurrection only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our republic.
CHUCK SCHUMER: This will be a stain on our country not so easily washed away. Make no mistake, my friends, today's events did not happen spontaneously. The president, who promoted conspiracy theories that motivated these thugs, the president who exhorted them to come to our nation's capital, egged them on, he hardly ever discourages violence and more often encourages it. This president bears a great deal of the blame. Now January 6 will go down as one of the darkest days in recent American history.
MIKE PENCE: The announcement of the state of the vote by the president of the Senate shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the person's elected president and vice president of the United States, each for the term beginning on the 20th of January, 2021.