Connecticut leaders and lawmakers react to U.S. Capitol chaos

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFSB) — Connecticut leaders and lawmakers responded to the chaos seen on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday afternoon, as indignant Trump supporters stormed the building, inflicting it to go on lockdown.

irritated supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest geared toward thwarting a peaceable transfer of energy, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the constructing and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral faculty victory.

In a video message, Gov. Ned Lamont referred to as on President Donald Trump to inform these protesting to “stand down and admire the peaceable transition of vigour.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro changed into within the Capitol at the time of the protests. She says she heard gunfire and was instructed to placed on a fuel masks. 

DeLauro became within the house Chamber, taking note of the controversy about Arizona’s ballots when Capitol Police introduced protesters had stormed the rotunda and had been getting very near the doors of the chambers. 

“He mentioned, ‘grab the fuel masks, there are gas masks below the seats in the condominium.’ each person did that, I did that,” DeLauro referred to. 

DeLauro says the gas masks had been for the tear fuel that become being fired outdoor the apartment doors. Evacuations all started, however DeLauro changed into nonetheless in the Chambers once they had been breached. 

“The rioters broke the glass of the door and commenced shooting in, firing photographs into the residence Chambers,” DeLauro spoke of. 

it truly is when the evacuation stopped. 

“There became return fire from interior the Chamber. We have been all told to drop to the floor in the back of the seats and simply stay there,” DeLauro recalled. “The firing of the shots, there turned into a way this could have been a lethal experience.” 

DeLauro was ultimately safely escorted along with different contributors of the condominium. 

Congressman Joe Courtney changed into additionally in his workplace, which is in the Rayburn building in the Capitol, when the protesters breached the constructing. 

“there have been some fairly frightening moments, with the weapons drawn and doors being barricaded, as a result of americans have been actually smashing home windows to get interior the Chamber,” Courtney spoke of. “The Capitol Police in fact underestimated the brazenness and degree of violence that became visible today, so for a while it become fairly clear they lost control. 

At one factor Wednesday afternoon, Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes posted on Twitter that lawmakers had been being requested to make use of fuel masks as tear gas became getting used within the Capitol Rotunda.

just before 5 p.m., Himes stated company would resume, asserting “The condominium will return to business almost immediately. we will do our job, we can do what the constitution dictates and we can not let people that would tear down our democracy cause anything greater than a pause in the lawsuits.”

Senator Chris Murphy additionally posted an replace on Twitter just before 5 p.m., asserting he and his team of workers have been ok.

Senator Richard Blumenthal launched the same remark, saying he and his workforce were in a comfortable region. Blumenthal went on to assert “i am fully sickened with the aid of scenes of anarchist mobs violently swarming the Capitol. It’s now not a protest – it’s armed insurrection. here is an assault on the heart of our democracy incited and fueled by way of the President of the us and his enablers. Make no mistake: Congress will do its job. This election will nonetheless be certified, and President-elect Biden and vp-select Harris might be sworn in on January 20.”

In an announcement on Wednesday afternoon, the Connecticut Republican celebration issued an announcement, asserting “Violence is never the answer. What we see unfolding these days in Washington D.C. is putting a black eye on our birthday party and our Republic. The violence should cease and we deserve to all come together as americans. ‘What unites us is far stronger than what divides us'”

The Connecticut Democratic party did the same, saying “The President of the U.S.’ call for his supporters to march on the USA Capitol is a coup, period. this is the second when each American, every elected authentic, Democrat and Republican need to join within the demand calm. There is not any extra time for debate. every Republican – principally those that have been silent as Donald Trump has pursued this fact-free election problem – must stand up now and say naturally that that there became no election fraud and call for calm.”

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes known as the scene unfolding outdoor the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday “unreal.”

Congressman John Larson also issued a statement on Twitter:

Leaders of Connecticut cities and cities additionally released their sentiments on the circumstance in Washington D.C.

New Britain’s Republican Mayor Erin Stewart referred to as the chaos “un-American.”

Hartford’s Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin additionally shared his thoughts on Twitter Wednesday afternoon:

New Haven’s Democratic Mayor Justin Elicker noted Wednesday become a “darkish day in American heritage, asserting:

“i am staring at the tv now feeling a combination of shock, disappointment, and disbelief. Our country turned into situated on a peaceful switch of vigour. what is at the moment occurring in Washington, with protesters forcing their manner into the Capitol constructing and placing the country’s elected representatives in danger, is a transparent violation of the foundation of this nation, our Democracy. i am outraged that in his remaining days in workplace, the President of the united states incited an revolt in what can be an in any other case ceremonial procedure.

My heart goes out to all these contributors of Congress and their personnel who had been attempting to certify the results of a free and reasonable election: i’m hoping you are in a secure region and might all get again to work when here is over. here is an additional reminder that there are some in this nation who need to use division for their personal very own benefit. we have much to do as leaders, and that starts with calling out lawlessness and protecting those in vigor liable.

nowadays is a dismal day in American heritage. individuals are inciting violence and undermining our democratic institutions. We should circulate ahead with unravel within the face of adversity, battle to hang our nation together, and move it ahead to a brighter day. i’m proud to steer the city of recent Haven, where we’ve a background of peaceful protests, admire for each and every other, and sufficient dignity to admire the effects of an election, however it didn’t go our approach.”