Members of Congress from Orange County condemned the actions of extreme right-wing rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
The effort by the mob, allegedly incited by remarks by President Donald Trump, to disrupt the certification of the election victory by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president, was only temporarily successful.
After law enforcement officers cleared the Capitol and surrounding area, the certification resumed and the last step in confirming the results of the Nov. 3 election was completed.
Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) was in the chamber of the House of Representatives when the crowd burst into the building.
“I looked up, hearing people banging on those chamber doors,” he said. “I saw something I never saw before. I saw Democratic Congressmembers, Republican Congressmembers joining hands and helping the more senior members of Congress evacuate, helping ladies in heels get through that area, and getting ready to defend that castle in case of a breach. I saw unity, unity of purpose, unity of Americans.”
Also in the chamber was Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Garden Grove). “This was a frightening day, for me, and for our country,” he said in a statement. “Marauding rioters, who, in their own words, were intent on overthrowing the government, invaded and occupied the U.S. Capitol, a sacred place that belongs to every American.”
He called on Congress to “impeach and remove the president immediately,” blaming Trump for inciting the protesters to turn violent. “Even one more day in office is a risk we cannot afford.”
Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Huntington Beach) was not present for the incident. Having tested positive for the coronavirus, she was in isolation. She commented in a Twitter post.
“Violence is never, ever the answer. As Americans, we are blessed with the right to make our voices heard in support of our democracy, but turning to violence is always wrong,” she tweeted.
Pro-Trump rallies were held Wednesday in Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. There was no reported violence.
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