Michigan lawmakers share harrowing moments from U.S. Capitol

January 06, 2021, 3:17 PM

Michigan congressional leaders are speaking out on the mayhem unfolding at the U.S. Capitol, where a mob of Trump supporters has breached the building, prompting a lock down and standoff.

Lawmakers were gathered to certify the election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, an administrative step that has been done in less than 30 minutes in the past, when "Stop the Steal" demonstrators egged on by President Trump broke down barricades and windows to storm the building.

Several Michigan members took to social media to convey their dismay and provide updates on the situation, including this one from a Republican:

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) said he was hunkered down in an alternate, safe location following his evacuation. Initially, he tweeted from the House chambers, where he said "lawmakers were instructed to lie down on the floor and put on our gas masks. Chamber security and Capitol Police have their guns drawn as protesters bang on the front door of the chamber."

Rep. Haley Stevens said she was sheltering in place in her office as the building next door was evacuated.

"I can’t believe I have to write this," she added.

Slotkin said National Guard troops had been approved to "restore order" and urged "all protestors, some being from my own district, to disperse."

State Rep. Andy Levin spoke in a Facebook live video from Slotkin's office after his building was evacuated.

"What's happening right now is literally an assault on democracy itself,” he said.

Former Rep. Paul Mitchell, who has distanced himself from the Republican Party following Trump's refusal to concede the election, called it the "saddest day" in modern political history. 

John James, the Michigan Republican who failed to unseat Sen. Gary Peters in November, tweeted: "Those who stand for the flag and yet desecrate the Constitution are not Patriots. You are an embarrassment to yourselves and to your Country."

He immediately drew pushback from his own followers. One responded: "Uh, the Founders told us to do this to maintain our freedom."

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