La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind says Americans “can’t condone lawless behavior” and “chaos,” such as protesters entering the U.S. Capitol and disrupting business on Wednesday.
In a Zoom call with reporters, the Democrat described some actions of demonstrators who support President Trump as attempts to carry out a ‘bloodless coup.’
He noted that former House Speaker Paul Ryan and Representative Mike Gallagher, both Wisconsin Republicans, denounced the efforts to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race.
Kind said people do have a right to peacefully protest their government, “but when it descends into this type of chaos, or even back home, if it’s looting and rioting and burning, that’s crossing the line into criminal behavior.”
Sen. Ron Johnson, who led the challenge to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, joined with other members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation in urging supporters of President Donald Trump, who stormed the U.S. Capitol, to stand down.
Johnson tweeted Wednesday that protesters should “peacefully disperse.”
The Senator later added, “The Capitol Police have acted with incredible professionalism. I sincerely thank them for their service and condemn all lawless activity.”
Johnson tweeted after he and other lawmakers were rushed from the U.S. Capitol, interrupting challenges to Biden’s win.
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher called the storming of the Capitol “Banana Republic crap.” Gallagher called on Trump to stop the protests.
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan of Madison urged Trump to “call off the domestic terrorism you’ve incited.”
Pocan later added, “There is no evidence that “antifa” attacked the Capitol today. But here’s overwhelming evidence that despite a Trump-supported attempted coup by violent terrorists, 121 of my
@GOP colleagues still have no backbone.”