Bennie Thompson: ‘[Trump] needs to just leave and never come back’
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - As chaos descends on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, several Mississippi lawmakers are speaking out on the violent moments.
Congressman Bennie Thompson sent a message on Twitter during the riot. He said that he was locked inside the Capitol and that he and others were securing face masks.
He later went on to condemn the violence saying, “These thugs have no respect for our democracy.”
This statement is in reference to the hundreds on people that stormed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Many were wearing “Make America Great Again” apparel in support of outgoing President Donald Trump.
Just moments before the chaos broke out, the president spoke with his supporters once again accusing Democrats of “rigging the election.” He told the crowd that the election was stolen, but offered no evidence of this alleged fraud.
As he was speaking, Congress began to certify the results of the general election. This certification would officially name Joe Biden as president-elect.
Rep. Thompson would later tweet that the events that transpired Wednesday were “the inevitable result of the tyrannical and idiotic leadership of Donald Trump” and that “He needs to just leave and never come back.”
Congressman Michael Guest said he was present when the melee began.
“I was on the House floor when protesters attempted to breach the chamber. Capitol Police evacuated all members off the floor and into a secure location. It is a sad day for our country,” Guest said to 3 On Your Side.
Senator Roger Wicker said that he too is safe and thanked law enforcement for their work to control the crowds.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said, “Whatever frustrations any American may have, violence and destruction in the US Capitol, the seat of our democratic government, is unacceptable.
Governor Tate Reeves called the group a mob saying, “law and order must win over mob rule.”
The Mississippi GOP responded to Reeves with their own message condemning violence and rioting.
The Mississippi Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Tyree Irving:
“Today, our nation’s Capitol was taken siege by a Pro-Trump mob. It is my belief that words matter, particularly those of a leader. President Donald Trump’s words incited widespread violence and was an attack on our democracy. Sadly, this unprecedented assault on our nation will never be forgotten.”
Congressman Trent Kelly also had words for rioters, saying he condemns violent actions and pleading for peace.
Mississippi Senator David Blount indicated via Twitter that he wasn’t surprised by the violence.
Attorney General Lynn Fitch shared these words via Twitter.
Trump issued a restrained call for peace well after the melee was underway but did not urge supporters to disperse. Earlier, at his rally, he had urged supporters to march to the Capitol.
One person has been shot, and several have been taken to the hospital. It’s unclear at this time how many have been arrested.
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