WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation were led to safety when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill during the debate on certifying electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election. Here are some messages tweeted by those lawmakers in the hours after the events unfolded:
In a statement released Wednesday evening, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) laid the blame for the events at the foot of President Trump:
“For nearly 250 years, our nation’s commitment to the peaceful transition of power has been the shining hallmark of our democracy. Today, America’s core principles were threatened by those seeking to forcibly stop our electoral process and overturn the results of a presidential election with which they disagreed.
“Let me be clear: these actions are not a defense of this country, but an attack on it.
“I supported President Trump’s legal right to contest the election results through the courts, but the courts have now unanimously and overwhelmingly rejected these suits. No evidence of voter fraud has emerged that would warrant overturning the 2020 election. The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point. It is past time to accept the will of American voters and to allow our nation to move forward.
“Congress will uphold its constitutional duty and certify the results of the election.”
Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7) said in a statement: “Thank you to all who have reached out. My staff and I are safe. The lawlessness witnessed at the Capitol today is despicable and should be condemned in the strongest possible way. This is not who we are as a nation. A vigorous debate and differences of opinion should never — ever — be an excuse for lawlessness and violence. Praying for our Capitol Police, other law enforcement personnel and those injured today”.
More social media posts from members of the state’s delegation:
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also tweeted his reaction to the events in Washington, DC.
WECT will continue to update this story as we get additional reaction from lawmakers.