A sickening moment

Houston Reacts To Trump Supporters Invading the U.S. Capitol Building

Houston officials and local representatives react to the violence occurring in Washington D.C.

By Dianna Wray January 6, 2021

A photo from a Trump rally in Washington D.C. on November 14. Today Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol Building. 

The certification of the presidential election at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday came to a stunning halt when hundreds of President Donald Trump's supporters, responding to his call to stop the vote, stormed the building. 

What has played out since then has been one of the most troubling and astonishing moments most Americans have ever witnessed in this country in our lifetime. 

The sudden lurch into violence came after Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned the planned efforts of his fellow Republican senators to block the election certification, while Vice President Mike Pence had just issued a statement that he would not be attempting to subvert the results of the election this afternoon. Just as Sen. Ted Cruz, of Houston, had spoken, making it clear that he planned to proceed with his plan to hold up the certification process based on the thin excuse of unfounded accusations of election fraud, the building was breached. 

Pence had to be taken to safety. Congress was forced to also move to safety as pro-Trump extremist supporters moved through the halls. 

Houston officials have begun to express their thoughts on the matter. 

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke out first, calling Cruz out for his part in this unsettling moment in our nation:

Meanwhile, Cruz himself failed to acknowledge his part in what is currently playing out in D.C. while calling for those in the building to stop: 

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is also still in the Capitol Building, and tweeted that she is going to stay there and is safe: 

The same goes for U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher who was in the building:

And U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia:

Even hardline Republicans like Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen have spoken out against what's happening in Washington:

Mayor Sylvester Turner said that Texans should hold Cruz responsible for his part in these unprecedented actions:

U.S. Rep. Al Green urged Trump to intervene with his supporters:

And here in Houston, Bun B made a telling point: 

One that Turner echoed:

While Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo also weighed in:

And Kam Franklin decried what's happening:

As did Simone Biles:

So far, one person has been shot in the chest as this violence continues to play out, while the National Guard, which the Department of Defense declined to send out for D.C. officials, has now been called out by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump has said very little so far, just urging his followers to "stay peaceful." 

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