CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Current and former U.S. legislators are reacting to the violence at the Capitol in Washington.
Some of them are calling the events “heartbreaking and shocking.”
A mob of protesters swarmed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was set to confirm Joe Biden as the president. Thousands gathered outside of the building to protest the electoral vote.
Former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said in his 12 years at the U.S Capitol he has never seen anything like this before.
“There have been momentary breaches and unfortunately those perpetrators have been shot and killed,” Sanford said. “You have occasional breaches like that but nothing like this where people are literally storming and sitting in the leadership office in the Capitol and the Senate and House floors.”
Sanford criticized President Donald Trump for not speaking up forcefully about what happened. He said real leadership would be to step up in times of crisis.
“I believe in the necessary process of disagreement, but it’s got to be done in a peaceful way and it’s got to be done in a civil way,” he said.
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham also reacted to the events by saying that this happened because of Trump’s rhetoric.
“For the last two months he has been lying to Americans and they have been feeding them this misinformation and telling them the election was stolen from them when it wasn’t,” Cunningham said. " They can’t act shocked whenever folks show up in a violent manner because they believe what these lying politicians have been telling them for months now.”
Cunningham said these events should act as a wake-up call to the American people about who they send to Congress to represent them.