Rep. Mace on Capitol violence, lockdown: ‘Rhetoric has real consequences’
WASHINGTON (WCSC/AP) - First District Congresswoman Nancy Mace said all she can hear from her vantage point at the Cannon House Office Building is sirens after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday.
“This is a sad day for our nation’s history. We’re better than this, and rhetoric has real consequences and we’re seeing that today,” she said. “And I’m devastated and heartbroken but I’m also angry because this isn’t the way that we advocate or investigate issues with our electoral process, Electoral College, a presidential election or voter fraud.”
Mace posted a tweet earlier saying she evacuated her office in that building because of a “nearby threat” and shared video showing protesters clashing with Capitol Police.
The U.S. Capitol Police ordered evacuations at some congressional office buildings because of “police activity” as thousands gather outside the Capitol to protest the electoral vote.
The White House said the National Guard and federal police were en route to Capitol to assist in ending the occupation by protesters.
Police told congressional staff members they should evacuate the Cannon House Office Building and the building that houses the Library of Congress. It wasn’t immediately clear what specifically sparked the evacuation.
A police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.
The Associated Press reported the U.S. Capitol was locked down with lawmakers inside as Trump supporters clashed with police.
Thousands of people descended on the U.S. Capitol as Congress was expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential win. Videos posted online showed protesters fighting with U.S. Capitol Police officers as police fired pepper spray to keep them back.
Some GOP lawmakers have been objecting to the vote being certified. Mace said on Monday she would not object, saying that she made the decision because she swore a solemn oath to the Constitution.
“I’m a huge supporter of President Trump as everyone knows,” she said. “I worked for him in 2016, I crossed seven different states to campaign for him to help get him elected, to make America great again four years ago in 2016, and this is not about that.”
She said voting against the Electoral College vote would be “a violation of our Constitution.”
“What’s going to happen with this vote is that we’re putting our Constitution at risk,” she said. “And we’re opening the door for Nancy Pelosi in a state like California to overturn the results of an election in South Carolina, and I don’t think any citizen or resident of South Carolina wants that to happen.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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