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Trump, McMaster, other SC lawmakers react as rioters storm Capitol Hill

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 12:07 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (WIS) - As protestors continue to take over the nation’s capital, many lawmakers have provided their reaction to the unprecedented events.

President Donald Trump addressed the nation in a recorded message posted on Twitter regarding the protests on Capitol Hill.

“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump began. “It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster was along among those who shared his opinion about the recent events taking place on Capitol Hill.

“It is hard to believe what we are seeing at our beloved Capitol,” McMaster tweeted. “We should be alarmed - but also deeply saddened. Protest is honored, but violence cannot be tolerated. Those who believe in America should leave the building immediately. The rule of law must prevail.”

Just before McMaster’s statement, Senator Lindsey Graham took to Twitter to address the matter.

“I support peaceful protests but not violence and destruction,” Graham tweeted. “People need to leave the Capitol now! This is a national embarrassment!”

Graham, according to his staffers, was in the Senate when the debate regarding the Electoral College count was shut down.

Rep. Joe Wilson released a statement on Wednesday afternoon to inform supporters that he and his staff are okay.

“I am grateful to share that my staff and I are currently safe,” Wilson said in his statement. “This protest, like all protests, should be peaceful. I encourage today’s protesters to follow Capitol Police guidelines.”

WIS has also learned that Rep. Jim Clyburn is safe. However, members of Graham’s office and Clyburn’s office did not share where the lawmakers were.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered a 6 p.m. citywide curfew in hopes of disbanding the protests.

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