Virginia lawmakers, officials react to violent protests at U.S. Capitol

Gov. Ralph Northam sending Virginia National Guard, state troopers

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday and violently clashed with police.

Lawmakers and officials representing Virginia have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the violence, as well as share safety updates during the evolving situation.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said he is sending members of the Virginia National Guard and state troopers to respond to the situation.

Candidate for Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe, also released a statement on the attack on the U.S. Capitol:

Candidate for Virginia governor, Jennifer McClellan, also released a statement on the attack on the U.S. Capitol:

“The peaceful transfer of power after an election is the hallmark of American democracy. Only once in the 231 years since our Constitution was ratified has there been an overt attempt to take by force that which was lost at the ballot.

“Until now.

“What occurred today was nothing less than an attempted coup incited by a man who swore an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States on the very steps of the U.S. Capitol that was invaded by armed insurrectionists.

“My heart breaks for our country tonight.

“Yet, this attempt to destroy our government of the people, by the people, and for the people, must not succeed. While democracy is fragile, the will of the American people for its survival has proven resilient time and again. We can and shall rise above the actions of today’s violent mob to protect our democratic institutions and the peaceful transfer of power demanded by the voters on Election Day.

“We must all do our part.

“I condemn the actions taken by those who sought to overthrow our government by force, and pledge to do all I can to preserve it.

“All those who incited or enabled today’s actions by their words, deeds, or silence should face serious political consequences. I stand with those members of Congress calling for the invocation of 25th Amendment. In addition, members of the Republican Party who sowed the seeds of distrust in our democratic institutions and perpetuated the lie of voter fraud that led to today’s events should likewise be held accountable.

“I pray for the soul of our nation and the safety of those in Washington, D.C., tonight. I am particularly grateful for those public servants who continue to do their job to ensure the peaceful transfer of power on January 20th.” -- Sen. Jennifer McClellan

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