‘Where is the President!?’: SC lawmakers respond to protests at US Capitol

SC lawmakers respond to protests at US Capitol

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Amid a chaotic scene at the US Capitol on Wednesday, several South Carolina lawmakers responded on social media as protestors stormed the building in Washington, D.C. as Congress was in the process of certifying the results of November’s presidential election.

Congressman Tom Rice tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he is safe, but condemned the actions of the protesters.

“Capitol Police evacuated us from the Capitol Building. DC is in chaos. This will accomplish nothing,” he said. “Where is the President!? He must ask people to disperse and restore calm now.”

Congressman Ralph Norman, who represents South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District, called the incident “utterly unacceptable” and said those storming the building have “jeopardized the safety and lives of everyone on Capitol Hill.” Norman was among three other South Carolina lawmakers who planned to object to the Electoral College’s certification.

Newly-elected Congresswoman Nancy Mace, of the state’s first district, also reacted to the situation Wednesday.

Mace went on to call the demonstrations “un-American” and “anarchy.” She also called on President Donald Trump to “do something.”

Former Congressman Joe Cunningham, whom Mace defeated in November’s election tweeted a message to President Trump saying the president “lied to the American people” through his claims that the election was stolen.

“We’re better than the politicians who caused this,” he added.

Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham also tweeted in response to the situation, with Graham calling it a “national embarrassment.” He later went on to call the actions of those protesters “repugnant to democracy.”

Gov. Henry McMaster also tweeted his response to the situation, saying that “those who believe in America should leave the building immediately.”

Former South Carolina governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley also shared her reaction Wednesday, calling what’s happening “wrong and un-American.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan, who was one of those objecting to Wednesday’s Electoral College count, tweeted that “destructive protests that disrespect law enforcement are NEVER the answer.”

Majority Whip James Clyburn said “Tonight, Congress will continue the business of certifying the electoral college votes.”

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