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Minnesota politicians react to storming of the U.S. Capitol

Some say they are "heartbroken" while others are calling for "law and order."
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minnesota, tweeted a video of the scene at the U.S. Capitol at 1:08 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minnesota, tweeted a video of the scene at the U.S. Capitol at 1:08 p.m.

Minnesota politicians have been tweeting as the U.S. Capitol is on lockdown Wednesday afternoon as a large crowd of Trump supporters clashed with police, eventually breaching the Capitol building.

Gov. Tim Walz at the start of his scheduled 2 p.m. COVID-19 news conference addressed what is going on in Washington, D.C. and assured Minnesotans that the "situation here is calm and stable."

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Walz noted that he was just speaking with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, noting they're both in "absolute alignment" that the "sacredness of our democracy, the ability to disagree agreeably is fundamental." 

Soon after, Gazelka tweeted that the "peaceful transition of power is paramount to democracy."

Here's what other Minnesota politicians, including members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation that's in D.C. to ratify the results of the 2020 Election, have said about what's happening in D.C.

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn

In a thread on Twitter just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, a Republican who represents Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, saying storming the U.S. Capitol is "not acceptable."

Here's his full statement

"Many times, since being elected to Congress, I have voiced support for lawful protest, and have strongly condemned acts of violence and anarchy, routinely perpetrated by leftist activists.

"Today’s protest in D.C., which led to a breach of the U.S. Capitol, brings the same response. What is being perpetrated by a forceful fraction of protesters is unacceptable and I condemn all illegal actions.

"To maintain the rule of law and preserve a civil society, citizens must follow the lawful commands of our fine law enforcement officers and obey the law.

"Storming the U.S. Capitol is not acceptable, and I condemn in the strongest possible terms those who have breached the area and disrupted House and Senate deliberations. As Americans, this is not how we settle debates and disagreements. It is time for calm and order.

"I have attended scores of political rallies and protests, all peaceful. I continue to encourage all concerned Americans to be involved in the political process - to speak out and make their views known, but do so within the confines of the law."

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, a Republican who represents Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, called for "law and order," a phrase popular among President Donald Trump and his supports. 

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, a Republican from Minnesota's 6th District, tweeted that he supports the democratic process, but discouraged violence. 

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 4th Congressional District, tweeted at 1:46 p.m. that she and her staff are safe. She also blamed Trump and Republicans for provoking the situation. 

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, a DFLer representing Minnesota's 3rd District, tweeted at 1:21 p.m. Wednesday, saying: "I do not recognize what I see transpiring before us in our temple of democracy."

A few minutes later, Phillips said House members were asked to take cover on the House floor "and get our gas masks ready. This is insane."

He also stressed the importance of finishing counting the states' electors before "turning our attention to the enabler of today's horror."

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota's 5th District, said she is safe, "but heartbroken about what we are enduring at our nation's Capitol. Running for our lives as members of Congress in the United States is really devastating and totally shocking."

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig

The officer of U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 2nd District, said in a statement that she's "shocked and heartbroken" about what's happening at the Capitol. 

"Angie unequivocally condemns the violent actions being undertaken by supports of the president – actions that undermind our democracy and threaten the safety of members of Congress, staff, law enforcement officials and the general public," the statement said. 

The statement continued, "This is not a peaceful protest – this is a violent attack on our democracy. The events unfolding on Capitol Hill are unprecedented in the history of this country. There is absolutely no excuse for this chaos – and it is the responsibility of all members of Congress to condemn what we have seen today."

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, DFL-Minnesota, tweeted just before 2:40 p.m. that she's safe. 

Later Wednesday, she released a statement condemning the mob's actions:

“Today’s attacks on the U.S. Capitol and federal buildings strike at the core principle of our democracy, that the people decide who represents them. The seditionists were incited by the most destructive and anti-democratic President in our history. For too long, some political leaders, especially the President, have used their power and position to fuel distrust in our elections with no evidence and no purpose other than to advance their own personal political power. It’s despicable and runs counter to our oath of office, to protect the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic.

“We will get through this day. I truly believe our democracy is resilient and can withstand this desperate coup attempt. But it’s a reminder of how hard we need to fight for our core principles, that no one is above the law and that in a democracy the people decide.

“I returned to the Senate tonight so we can complete the counting of the electoral votes, and so that the next duly elected President and Vice President, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, can take office on January 20th as the voters in this country decided.”

State Rep. Rob Ecklund

State Rep. Rob Ecklund, a DFLer who represents Minnesota's Iron Range, said what's happening is "ridiculous and frightening."

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and onetime GOP presidential candidatew tweeted that the "mayhem" at the Capitol "needs to be put down with immediate and overwhelming force."

Minnesota's GOP party

Meanwhile, Andy Aplikowski, the Minnesota GOP's former political director is calling on President Trump to resign, tweeting: "I’m a lifelong Republican and I’m calling for the immediate resignation of Trump. Get the [expletive] out of the White House, Republican Party, and Washington and take your anarchist rioters with you."

And Minnesota GOP Party Chairwoman has also commented on what's happening in D.C., tweeting at 2:15 p.m. that the "violence taking place at the U.S. Capitol is not American."

Minnesota's DFL party

Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin condemned Minnesota's Republican Congressional delegation, saying it fueled conspiracy theories about the election.

“For months, Congressmen Stauber, Emmer, Hagedorn, and Fischbach have been fueling the fires of conspiracy and paranoia that now threaten to engulf our nation’s Capitol,” said DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin. “Each of Minnesota Republican members of Congress has worked to sow distrust in the American electoral process and each of Minnesota’s Republican members of Congress bears responsibility for the violence their actions have helped unleash.”

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