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'The violence at the Capitol needs to end now' — Sen. Brown reports that he and his staff are safe

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Posted at 3:37 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 23:25:31-05

WASHINGTON DC — Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown tweeted that he and his staff are safe after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as a joint session of Congress began to count Electoral College votes.

“My staff and I are safe,” Brown tweeted. “The violence at the Capitol needs to end now. The lives of countless workers – journalists, staff, and Capitol Police are being put at risk by this attack on our democracy."

Brown’s wife, author and journalist Connie Schultz, tweeted about her husband and his staff: “They are currently locked in Senate chamber, but safe. I am struggling for the words right now.”

Ohio’s Republican senator, Rob Portman, who earlier this week said that he would not object in Congress to the Electoral College vote count, tweeted: "The right to protest peacefully is protected under the Constitution but the actions by violent mobs against our law enforcement and property at the @USCapitol building today are not. @realdonaldtrump should condemn this unacceptable vandalism and violence."

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said that today was an embarrassment to our country.

Congressman Tim Ryan, an Ohio representative and briefly a presidential candidate tweeted at about 3 p.m.: “Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I am safe. In lockdown. This is not ok. We are a nation of laws. Please pray for all of our law enforcement, elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill. Please pray for our country.”

A spokesperson for Congressman Dave Joyce said that he is in a safe and undisclosed location.

Rep. Marcia Fudge released the following statement on today's protest.

“This is a day that will live in infamy. The very people who believe they are protecting our country have succeeded in destroying it.

This is a sad day in the history of this great nation’s democracy. This is not the way, even when we disagree. Violence is never the answer and order must be restored.”

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