‘This is an attack on our democracy’: Gov. Tony Evers responds to violent protests at US Capitol

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday called the violent protests at the U.S. Capitol “horrifying.”

“The peaceful transfer of power is at the very heart of our government and our country,” Evers said. “This is an attack on our democracy. Period.”

A mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters descended on the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon as Congress held a joint session to vote on the certification of Electoral College votes, officially securing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Violent protesters managed to breach the Capitol as lawmakers were in session debating objections to the certification of the Electoral College votes. The Capitol was put on lockdown shortly after the breach. The National Guard was also deployed to the Capitol to help with the response. A woman shot inside the Capitol has died.

Read Evers’ full statement here.

“As are so many Wisconsinites and Americans, I am watching these horrifying events unfold in Washington, D.C. in disbelief. The peaceful transfer of power is at the very heart of our government and our country. This is an attack on our democracy. Period.

“There must be swift, bipartisan condemnation in no uncertain terms–by the president, by elected officials who’ve sought to sow division and distrust in our election, by elected officials who’ve failed to unequivocally denounce these efforts, all of which fed into today’s events.

“We must be united in calling on these individuals to leave the U.S. Capitol and grounds immediately and peacefully. I’m praying for the safety of the elected officials, staffers, members of the press, and first responders, and for the speedy recovery of those injured.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Congress will resume the counting of electoral votes Wednesday night once the Capitol is cleared or protesters. Pelosi made the decision after consulting with the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the vice president, who will preside.