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LA delegation react as Congress recesses Electoral College debate as protesters force lockdown at Capitol

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 15:56:38-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several Louisiana lawmakers are posting their reaction after the U.S. Capitol was put into lockdown after Congress went into recess during the Electoral College debate as protesters.

In a post that has since been deleted by Twitter, President Donald Trump said:

These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!

President Donald Trump issued a video statement asking protesters to "go home in peace," which was later taken down by Twitter.

I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace.

We have to have law and order. We have to have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a period of time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it a way from all of us: from me, from you, from our country.

This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace.

President-elect Joe Biden called on Pres. Donald J. Trump to go on national television and "demand an end to this siege," warning "our democracy is under unprecedented assault."

President Donald Trump urged protesters to remain peaceful and to support law enforcement.

The president also urged peace in an earlier tweet.

The president's press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said that he has issued the National Guard to the capitol.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, said capitol police saved his life and urged protesters to remain peaceful.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-LA, issued a video statement as he was being escorted from the capitol.

"There are people who have violently entered the United States Capitol and are attempting to disrupt what is going on, which is supposed to be the peaceful transition of power," said Cassidy. "This is wrong. It is absolutely wrong. It is un-American. Period.

"They should stop. Period," he said. "This is about our country. It is not about hooligans."

Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, also condemned the violence and praised the Capitol Police.

Rep. Clay Higgins, R-LA, also issued a statement on Twitter condemning violence. A spokesperson told KATC that Higgins' offices are on lockdown right now, but that everyone is safe and accounted for and the situation is "fluid."

U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson also condemned the violence.

Locally, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory released a statement Wednesday evening, calling the situation "disappointing and disturbing."

The LAGOP also released a statement on Thursday condemning the violence:

The LAGOP stands with Congressional Republicans who called for a full investigation into allegations of electoral fraud.

The party condemns violent protests by any and all groups on either side of the political spectrum. Violence should not be tolerated- it is not part of our democratic process!

The Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Clair Katie Bernhardt also issued a statement denouncing the violence:

We are witnessing a seditious riot at the U.S. Capitol building intent on disrupting the peaceful transition of power that has characterized our democracy since its founding. This embarrassing display betrays the principles that brave Americans have sacrificed their lives to defend. Sadly, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy and Representatives Steve Scalise, Mike Johnson, and Clay Higgins enabled this un-American act. Louisiana Democrats are calling on our federal delegation to denounce this violence and attempted coup. We will survive this infamous chapter in our history because – as we demonstrated in November, and again last night in Georgia – Americans live by hope, not fear.

You can watch a live feed outside the U.S. Capitol below:

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