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Wyoming Leadership Tweets: Violence is Not Protest

Written by on January 6, 2021

Wyoming’s leading politicians have unambiguously condemned the riots that saw Trump supporters storm and occupy the U.S. Capitol.

After a crowd of angry supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol building yesterday afternoon, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were told to take shelter, suspending the effort to certify electoral college votes from the 2020 Election.

Cynthia Lummis – Wyoming’s junior senator sworn in Sunday, Jan. 3, to replace Mike Enzi — was one of the dozen senators opposing the certification of electoral votes. She too voiced her unambiguous disapproval of the riots.

Senator Lummis further clarified her position later that afternoon:

Senator John Barrasso was more succinct but just as adamant in condemning these actions.

The strongest condemnation of Wednesday’s actions came from Representative Liz Cheney. Cheney was interviewed live on NBC News while the Capitol was still occupied by rioters.

“We have very deep and clear political differences in this country, but we don’t resolve those differences by mob violence,” Cheney said during the interview. “It doesn’t matter what side of those issues you stand on. The President of the United States’ statement now, in my view, was completely inadequate – what he has done and what he caused here is something that we’ve never seen before in our history. It has been 245 years and no president has ever failed to concede or agree to leave office after the Electoral College has voted. I think what we’re seeing today is a result of that – a result of convincing people that somehow Congress was going to overturn the results of this election, a result of suggesting he wouldn’t leave office. Those are very, very dangerous things. This will be remembered, and this will be part of his legacy, and it is a dangerous moment for our country.”

Representative Cheney has been the most vocal opponent of the effort by Congressional Republicans to block electoral votes – the final gesture to confirm that Joe Biden won the 2020 Election and will become the 46th President of the United States.

Cheney tweeted her sentiments again before the joint session of Congress began on Wednesday:

On the state level, Governor Mark Gordon released a statement similarly condemning the unpatriotic actions of the Capitol rioters.

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