SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power.
They forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Hundreds gathered outside capitols across the nation, including in Atlanta, with demonstrators carrying Trump flags and guns.
“It is unimaginable that we have people in our state and our country that have been threatening police officers, breaking into government buildings,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said. “This is not the Georgia way, and it is not the way of our country.”
He tweeted earlier in the day calling the protests “absolutely disgraceful.”
“This is wrong. This is not who we are as a nation. Rhetoric has real consequences; people’s lives are at risk right now,” said Lowcountry Rep. Nancy Mace. The Republican, who was sworn in just days ago, spoke with News 3 during the lockdown.
GOP Rep. Buddy Carter, who represents Georgia’s 1st congressional district, said he “was mad as hell” watching protesters break into the chamber.
“Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent, the destruction of personal property, the destruction of government property and rioting like this is not the way to handle it,” Carter said.
“What I saw today was nothing short of anarchy,” he added.
Many other leaders from around Georgia and South Carolina took to Twitter to comment:
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