State, national political leaders react to violent protests in D.C.

State, national political leaders react to violent protests in D.C.
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ATLANTA (WALB) - Officials, including the Peach State’s top official, are speaking out against protestors storming the Capitol as Congress attempted to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

In a retweet from a Huffington Post reporter, Gov. Brian Kemp said the actions were “absolutely disgraceful, un-American, and must stop immediately.”

“The rule of law matters,” Kemp said in the tweet.

Senator David Perdue released the following statement on the events that unfolded in U.S. Capital:

“The violence at the U.S. Capitol today is disgraceful and un-American. We are a nation of laws and the greatest Democracy in the history of the world. No level of frustration or disappointment in our political process excuses such despicable, anarchic behavior. God bless the Capitol Police and all law enforcement and first responders who are working to protect lives and prevent further destruction in our nation’s capital,” said Perdue.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter called what happened Wednesday a tragedy.

“Rosalynn and I are troubled by the violence at the U.S. Capitol today. This is a national tragedy and is not who we are as a nation. Having observed elections in troubled democracies worldwide, I know that we the people can unite to walk back from this precipice to peacefully uphold the laws of our nation, and we must. We join our fellow citizens in praying for a peaceful resolution so our nation can heal and complete the transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries,” Carter said in a press release.

The Senate Majority Caucus released the following statement:

By now, we have all seen the activities going on at our nation’s capital. There is no place in civil society, particularly ours, for actions such as this. (We) hope such efforts are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We have regressed as a society when differences in opinion turn into ill-will towards each other. There is no place for such action in this country. We absolutely condemn the actions occurring today in Washington D.C. We are a nation of laws and we Republicans have long had a history of espousing our belief in performing our Constitutional Rights in accordance with those laws. We call for an immediate cessation of the unlawful acts we are all witnessing on our television screens and for every person there to instead abide by our Right to Peaceably Assembly as we are guaranteed under the 1st Amendment.

Vice-President Mike Pence said peaceful protesting is the right for every American “but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

This is a developing story.

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