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Illinois Lawmakers React After Trump Supporters Storm Capitol

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WASHINGTON – Angry supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power. They have forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace but did not call on his supporters to leave. Earlier, in a huge rally near the White House, the president had egged his supporters on to march to Capitol Hill.

The following are responses from Illinois members of the congress and U.S. Senate:

I will not yield to those who seek to harm our democracy.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 6, 2021

This is what weeks of undermining democracy has led to, and blame for this disgraceful situation lays at the feet of the President and the Members of Congress who have put loyalty to him above their loyalty to the Constitution.— Bill Foster (@RepBillFoster) January 6, 2021

We will continue to provide updates as necessary.— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) January 6, 2021

I am safe and so is my wonderful staff—most of whom are sheltering in place at home.

My sincere gratitude goes to the U.S. Capitol Police for their service today and always. https://t.co/uFmgy7kZT5— Rep. Sean Casten (@RepCasten) January 6, 2021

Thank you to Capitol Police and law enforcement for working to keep people safe.— Darin LaHood (@RepLaHood) January 6, 2021

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