U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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.”

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After all that happened yesterday, Stefanik still voted to disenfranchise Pennsylvanians.


I see all the left wing trolls are here.


I see all the left wing trolls are here.

So, what does that make you?

Someone who comes to a comment thread and complains because people are ... wait for it ... making comments.

I’m just surprised that you’re the only one here with that complaint, without mentioning any “names.”


Find Sen. Romney’s statement and read it.

Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. They will be remembered for their role in this shameful episode in American history. That will be their legacy.

That’s a taste. He might still be a little perturbed after having ‘traitor’ chanted at him on a plane yesterday.


It was shameful KR... Romney...McConnel..Pence and others who eloquently condemned the mob remind me of the old GOP... The good news... POTUS will now go down as worst president in history... Cruz, Hawley and Guiliani now have hate blood on their hands and have to live with that.


Apparently Trump has now accepted that Biden will be president although obviously with many references still to the election having been stolen. Hopefully we can survive the next 13 days without him nuking the states he lost in in an attempt to nullify their votes because Flynn, Powell, Guiliani or someone at OAN suggested it. The WaPo suggested invoking the 25th amendment. Obviously the sycophants around him aren’t going to do that.


Here’s Dan Balz of WP on this tragedy.

Instead of a moment of celebration of free and fair elections in the world’s greatest democracy, Wednesday will be remembered as a day that brought a frightening and predictable culmination to two months of lies by the president that the election had been stolen by Biden and the Democrats, when in fact it had not.

It was a day in which Trump was aided and abetted by many members of his party, who were preparing to object to the electoral college counts and thereby give moral support to Trump’s false claims of a stolen election and who then decried the lawbreaking and violence of the people in whose names they claimed to be representing.


[yawn] who cares if she is okay or not! The woman is unfit for office!!




If you say so. Go Tedra, right?


Anybody with eyesight can see that this election was fairly won by Biden/Harris. Conservative judges appointed by trump and other republican presidents continually rejected the fraud lawsuits brought by trump and his lawyer team. A scotus with 6 conservatives,3 appointed by trump, refused to here his case because it contained no merit. Yet we are to believe Elises' claims of fraud when no proof is offered. What about the republicans' claims of states' rights? What grounds does she have for questioning the validity of another states elections? Would she like the state of Penn questioning whether her election was valid? What she helped inspire was insurrection and terrorism. Our capitol has been invaded and taken over by enemies twice in our history. The first time was by the British in the war of 1812. The second time was on January 6 2021. Only this time the enemy wasn't the British. The enemy was right wing goon squads and domestic terrorists who were incited to violence by the speech given by trump in which he encouraged them to attack our nations capitol. January 6 2021 will go down in the books as one of the darkest Days in American hstory. It will now be up there with Dec 7 1941 and 9/11. trump, Elise and the other republicans who lied about a fair election will always be remembered for trying to kill our American Democracy. They will wear the Scarlet S of Sedition for the rest of their lives.


Harrison, you win the thread. 👍


Glad she’s safe but this is on her and Trump and every other Republican who has pushed the fiction of a “stolen election.” You build the monster and then can’t control it. It’s a pretty familiar story. Also, where is Trump? He’s doing nothing while this goes on?


I could not agree more. I am incensed that the person who represents this district was a part of getting things to this point. I hope there will be consequences for what she has done and said that contributed to this situation.


I agree totally. Her words and actions have contributed to this attack on our nation's Capitol. She shares responsibility. She does NOT "represent" me.


Trump’s call for calm, go home, was taken down by Twitter. That’s where Trump was...


It was taken down because it was full of the same lies that motivated the barbarians in the first place. Here. This is most of it.

I know your pain. I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side.

But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don't want anybody hurt. It's a very tough period of time.

There's never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us — from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election.

He’s a dangerous demagogue.

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