Illinois and Chicago politicians from both parties condemned the violence of pro-Donald Trump extremists at the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday.
The insurrection happened as lawmakers were conducting a formal tally of Electoral College votes and debating objections to the results. Around 2 p.m. ET, both chambers of Congress abruptly adjourned, and members were urged to hide.
Here are reactions from Democrats and Republicans on the chaotic afternoon:
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Senator Tammy Duckworth, Democrat
I have spent my entire adult life defending our Constitution and people’s rights to peacefully demonstrate. I never thought I’d need to defend democracy from an attempted, violent overthrow in our own nation’s Capitol.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 6, 2021
I will not yield to those who seek to harm our democracy.
IL-5 Rep. Mike Quigley, Democrat
“First and foremost, I want to thank Capitol Police for keeping us safe today. Make no mistake: President Trump and his enablers are personally responsible for inciting this violence and he must immediately and unequivocally condemn it and urge his followers to stand down. This clear act of domestic terrorism may have succeeded in delaying President Elect-Biden’s certification, but there should be no doubt that he will indeed be President on January 20th.”
IL-16 Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican
This is a coup attempt.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 6, 2021
Amid the chaos, my statement here: pic.twitter.com/6CMZHeYhPq— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 6, 2021
IL-14 Rep. Lauren Underwood, Democrat
A desperate attempt at a coup is about to begin — But let’s be clear: the results of the 2020 election will not be overturned.— Lauren Underwood (@LaurenUnderwood) January 6, 2021
This is political theater at its worst, and the Republicans who are defying the Constitution and the will of the voters should be embarrassed.
IL-6 Rep. Sean Casten, Democrat
“We had no staff come in today. I am safe, I am in my office. I think a lot of my colleagues took a similar decision to stay off the Hill today because we could see some of the crowd that is now storming around Capitol Hill over the last 24 hours.”
IL-11th Rep. Bill Foster, Democrat
“This is what mob rule looks like and it’s un-American. This mob action is going to delay our constitutional duty, but it will not stop it. We will be designating President-elect Biden the next president of the United States. The responsibility for this — what happened today — lies at the foot of President Trump, who openly encouraged this mob action, and also with every politician who’s tolerated lies and threats of violence and failed to speak out against it, really for the last decade.”
IL-1 Rep. Bobby Rush, Democrat
Looking out of my window, I don’t see protestors. I see Trump-inspired rioters. How were these lawbreakers allowed to shut down the US Congress? If they had been Black or Brown, there would be a far different portrayal. Media stop calling this a protest, this is a riot, clearly!— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) January 6, 2021
IL-18 Rep. Darin LaHood, Republican
“What happened today was one of the most shameful things I have seen. It is a terrible day for our country and democracy. The actions taken by rioters go against everything that we stand for as Americans. The rioting and violence must stop. We are a nation of law and order, and those who are responsible for the actions and violence today must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. As Americans, we are much better than this.”
IL-10 Rep. Brad Schneider, Democrat
“Today, from the House Chamber, I experienced the unthinkable for our democracy, as the Capitol was attacked by a radical mob who would deny a free and fair American election.
Tonight, my colleagues and I are prepared to return to the Capitol and continue the work to count the electoral votes, making Joe Biden our 46th President. Our Constitution still governs and we still stand by our oath to defend it.”
IL-8 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi
“I think that right now, we need to speak with one voice, that violence is never acceptable, it’s never tolerable. Secondly, the election was over months ago, [and] it’s time to move on. And we need to peacefully transition power to the next president. And obviously, the next president and vice president Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to have to unify our country and bring us together. Because unfortunately, we are deeply divided. And we need to come together and put aside our differences and deal with a bigger problem, the pandemic, and other issues.”
Our country is better than this, our democracy is stronger than this, and we will move forward. But this is a dark day for our country.— Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (@CongressmanRaja) January 6, 2021
Mayor Lori Lightfoot
I am in disbelief with what is unfolding in D.C. right now. President Trump and his enablers incited this violence. Shame on every elected official in Congress and elsewhere who fomented this anti-democratic insurrection by extremists. This is not democracy. This is a disgrace.— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) January 6, 2021
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
We cannot mince our words: what we are witnessing right now at the U.S. Capitol is an act of insurrection, incited by a sitting President of the United States.— Toni Preckwinkle (@ToniPreckwinkle) January 6, 2021
IL-4 Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Democrat
“Never before have we seen anything like this occur here and the person who bears the greatest responsibility is Donald Trump. He has brought shame on our country and is seeking to hold onto power by any means necessary. It is a sad and tragic day in our country.”
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Republican
“The events unfolding at the United States Capitol today, and the inflammatory remarks by members of the Republican Party, are a disgrace to the core values and beliefs of our great nation. These actions do not represent our Republican party, and are against everything we stand for as Americans. I am sickened and deeply saddened by what I have witnessed today. Any public officials who condone these actions have no place in the Republican party or in our democracy.”
Illinois Senate Leader-Designate Dan McConchie, Republican
“The horrible violence at our nation’s Capitol is a disgrace to all Americans. This violence does not reflect the United States that generations of Americans have fought so hard to build. I stand with members of all parties in condemning these un-American acts of violence and treachery, and will do my part here in Illinois to repair the devastating divide that has been created in our country.”
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Republican
“It’s both saddening and sickening to watch a mob devolve into thinking their rules would ever replace the rule of law. I unequivocally condemn the violence at the U.S. Capitol that we are now witnessing.
Passion, patriotism and love for our nation should always and only be expressed in constructive ways that seek to honor the ideals on which our nation was founded. Any means of violence runs counter to who we are and is never acceptable.”
IL-13 Rep. Rodney Davis, Republican
This is a sad day for our country. The lawlessness has got to stop. Protestors must leave the Capitol so Congress can resume the process of confirming the Electoral College vote. My staff and I are currently safe. More to say later.— US Rep Rodney Davis (@RodneyDavis) January 6, 2021
IL-3 Rep. Marie Newman, Democrat
“I was saddened … and what I didn’t anticipate is the level of escalation. I’m very sad for our country today … While it is a large mob-like group out there, it’s a small group in our nation that wants to overturn the constitution. Largely, Americans believe in our constitution and all of our freedoms and don’t want to overturn the constitution. But there are violent people out there. Let’s be clear. They came here for violence. And they’re seditionists because they want to overturn the constitution.”
Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, Democrat
“I join with colleagues across the aisle and across the country in condemning the actions we have seen in our nation’s capital. The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of our great democracy. To disrupt that transition is an affront to the very fabric of the United States of America. The U.S. Capitol has stood strong in the face of attacks by confederates and terrorists. We will survive today’s sad acts to once again be a beacon of hope, change and equality for the world.”
Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, Democrat
“What we witnessed today was nothing short of a coup at the hands of Donald Trump and his Republican enablers. What should have been a ceremonial event to mark the peaceful transition of power became an appalling and tragic day for our country. I stand with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to condemn these treasonous riots. Let’s be resolved to move past this dark chapter together as one nation.”
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
“I don’t make a statement like this lightly: Two weeks is too long for Donald Trump to remain in office, where he can continue to incite more untold violence.
As the heart of our democracy was under siege and blood was literally being spilled in our most sacred halls, Donald Trump was praising the attackers. There are real questions about what efforts the President made to protect our Congress or what obstructions he committed that have prevented the ending of the siege.
There is no doubt in my mind that his efforts to encourage a coup represent high treason to this democracy, our Constitution and all Americans. He poses a danger to our nation. He must be impeached and removed from office immediately. And every person in a position of public trust, elected or otherwise, who enabled the systematic dismantling of our democratic norms and failed to speak up or take action bears some responsibility for the culmination of four years of spreading bile.
This violence is the natural conclusion of Donald Trump’s efforts to unleash the forces of hate and divide our nation. It must end.”
Attorney General Kwame Raoul
“I will always support the right of the people to express their opinions through peaceful protest, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, but let us be clear: what we have witnessed today at the U.S. Capitol is not peaceful, it is not constitutionally-protected, and it is not a ‘protest.’ This violence is a criminal attack on our democracy.
The individuals who engaged in such criminal acts should not only be cleared from the Capitol so that Congress can resume its duties, but should be held fully accountable under the law.
Regardless of one’s political ideology, we should all recognize as un-American this attack on our republic: the hate and divisiveness symbolized by the Confederate flag and the noose at the Capitol, and the shameful invocation of Adolf Hitler by a member of Illinois’ congressional delegation. From both sides of the aisle, we must unite to condemn what threatens our values, system of government, and the rule of law.”