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WASHINGTON — As protesters stormed the Capitol Building, breaching security early Wednesday afternoon before control was regained at about 7 p.m., Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, took to Twitter to condemn the actions.
On Twitter at about 3:10 p.m., Rep. Stefanik confirmed she and her staff were safe as the House of Representatives and Senate were evacuated from the building.
“Americans have a Constitutional right to protest & freedom of speech, but violence in any form is absolutely unacceptable & anti-American. My staff & I are safe,” she wrote. “We pray that all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, their staff, & all Americans remain safe.”
Later, at about 3:46 p.m., she wrote that she “fully” condemns the “dangerous violence and destruction of the Capitol grounds.”
“These actions are unAmerican,” she wrote.
Rep. Stefanik and her congressional colleagues met at 1 p.m. Wednesday to count Electoral College presidential votes, affirming President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s victory over President Donald J. Trump. Rep. Stefanik planned to object to electors from the states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan, citing alleged electoral irregularities in those states, including changes to laws and voter fraud.
The congresswoman later issued a statement, saying Wednesday was a “truly a tragic day for America.”
“I fully condemn the dangerous violence and destruction that occurred today at the United States Capitol,” her statement reads. “Americans have a Constitutional right to protest and freedom of speech, but violence in any form is absolutely unacceptable and anti-American. The perpetrators of this un-American violence and destruction must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. My staff and I are safe. We pray that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, their staffs, and all Americans across the country remain safe. Thank you to the United States Capitol Police, all law enforcement, the National Guard, and the bipartisan professional staff of the United States Capitol for protecting the People’s House and the American people.”