Ohio political officials react to violence at U.S. Capitol

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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A number of Ohio officials have condemned the violent protests Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Federal lawmakers were debating the certification of the Electoral College count when demonstrators made it past police barricades to storm the Capitol Building.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called the events “an embarrassment to our country.”

“This must stop immediately,” the governor’s statement continued. “(President Trump) should call for the demonstrators to leave our Capitol Building. The final step in the constitutional process of electing our president has been disrupted. The stopping of the count of the Electoral College votes has occurred because the security of the U.S. Capitol has been breached by a violent mob. As a nation of laws, this is simply not acceptable. Lawlessness is not acceptable. This is an affront to our Constitution and everything we hold dear. Those who breached the Capitol breached the Constitution. Peaceful demonstrations outside the Capitol are an exercise of the demonstrators’ First Amendment rights. Stopping the constitutional process by which we elect the president is not.”

More reactions:

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted:

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp:

Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Murphy Timken:

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes:

Ohio Democratic Party Chair Rhine McLin:

“President-elect Joe Biden is absolutely right: the words of a president matter. For too long, this president’s words have fanned the flames of hatred, chaos and racism, and for four years, Ohio Republicans have cheered him on or shrugged their shoulders and pretended to be ‘late for lunch.’ We join President-elect Biden in calling on the president to go on national TV immediately, condemn the violence and demand that his supporters end their seditious attack on the U.S. Capitol. We will continue to pray for our nation and for our nation’s leaders.”

U.S. Attorney David DeVillers of the Southern District of Ohio:

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown:

Ohio House Assistant Majority Whip Cindy Abrams, R-Harrison:

Ohio Senate Pro Tempore Jay Hottinger, R-Newark:

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost:

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose:

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber:

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague:

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-District 1:

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-District 2:

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-District 3:

U.S. Jim Jordan, R-District 4:

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-District 5:

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-District 6:

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-District 7:

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-District 8:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-District 9:

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-District 10:

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-District 11:

U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson, R-District 12:

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-District 13:

U.S. Rep. David Joyce, R-District 14:

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-District 15:

U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-District 16:

Ohio Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton, president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus:

Ohio Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Pickaway County:



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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.