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Colorado representatives react to lockdown as pro-Trump protesters breach Capitol

Still from a video shared by Rep. Ken Buck on Twitter of protesters outside the US Capitol on Jan. 6
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Still from a video shared by Rep. Ken Buck on Twitter of protesters outside the US Capitol on Jan. 6

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The U.S. Capitol is now secure after entering a lockdown on Wednesday afternoon. Violent supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump had breached the building in protest of the presidential election results.

Congress gathered Wednesday to formally certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory. However, at least 140 Republican members of the House of Representatives were expected to vote against counting the electoral votes.

Meanwhile, thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators gathered outside the Capitol for a "Save America" rally. After several tense confrontations with police, some of the demonstrators were able to storm into the Capitol building.

Lawmakers and police said the protest turned violent as demonstrators vandalized and looted the chambers of Congress. One woman was also pronounced dead after being shot inside the Capitol.

Watch ABC's livestream of the protests here:

Democratic Congressman Jason Crow, of the state's 6th District, provided the most detailed description of the scene in several Twitter messages.

"I'm in the House chamber for debate while just a few feet away supporters of Donald Trump riot and fight with Capitol police outside the Capitol," he wrote. "It didn't need to be this way. Enablers of Donald Trump led us to this point."

In his last Twitter message on the matter, Crow wrote:

Many members of Congress, including Colorado's delegation, were forced to shelter in place -- in their Capitol offices or on the House floor.

After initially voicing her opposition to the electoral college's results, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, the newly-elected and controversial Republican in the 3rd District, tweeted that representatives were locked inside the House chamber.

Shortly afterward, lawmakers were quickly escorted into a safe area as protesters made their way into the building.

Late Wednesday evening, Boebert tweeted out another message, and a photo in which she signed a document certifying the election results.

Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck, representing the state's 4th District, said that people have the right to peacefully protest, but denounced those who were "storming the US Capitol and attacking the brave men and women of the Capitol police."

Rep. Doug Lamborn, the longtime GOP representative of the 5th District, emailed a statement to KRDO saying that he and his staff were safe.

"My staff and I are safe. I strongly condemn those individuals that have chosen to incite violence and have put our law enforcement in harm's way. Today is supposed to be a day of constitutional debate, not violence. This is not who we are as Americans," Lamborn said.

Demonstrators had been planning Wednesday's rally for several days and were encouraged by President Donald Trump's plans to attend.

Governor Jared Polis and Rep. Buck released a joint statement condemning the acts of violence seen Wednesday. The full statement is below:

“In America, we hold free, fair, and secure elections and we honor the outcome. We respect the rule of law and an assault on our democratic republic is an assault on all of us who believe in our constitution and what makes our country extraordinary. We respect the peaceful transition of power. The alarming scenes that are unfolding in Washington are something you might expect to see in countries far from our shores, not in our nation’s capitol, and certainly not in the hallowed halls or on the floor of Congress. We are relieved that Colorado’s federal delegation is safe. We all must step up to protect the institutions of our republic, free and fair elections, and the rule of law.”

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet also weighed in on the day's events on his Twitter page: "Today's attack on the Capitol and democracy is dangerous and unacceptable. We need to finish the job of certification as soon as possible to show the world that our democracy is up to this test."

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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33 Comments

  1. Well the riots got attention and Forced change in Portland, Seattle, Kenosha etc. So I guess now the republicans are stooping to the low level of the democrats.
    The two party system and the people who blindly follow their “Party” is going to be the downfall of this country.

    1. I agree with your last statement.
      I was raised to always vote for the PERSON, not the party.
      It really blows my mind that OUR PRESIDENT (job description)
      actually encouraged and supported violence and destruction on The Capitol.
      And then the SHEEP poured in to wreak havoc on our very own institutions.
      This is blind following, without regard for right or wrong.
      Some of the statements issued by other heads of state in other countries are appalled- their confidence is shaken, and NONE OF THEM want to ever deal with Trump again, after seeing him encourage this assault.

  2. Well Stay Good- Republicans have anointed Trump as their God forsaking all others. They wish to force a fascist regime on America, but patriotic Americans will not allow that to happen. I don’t understand why you hate democracy so much, but luckily you have the freedom to leave- snowflake.

    1. Being independent I find all of this interesting. Hypocrisy on all sides.
      -Hillary never conceded in 2016.
      -Obama was many of the the democrats God forsaking all. Remember “King Obama”.
      -Democrats challenged the electoral college votes for Trump.
      -Republicans claimed Obama as “Not my president”
      -People said if Trump get to be pres then they would leave the country.

      -Trump won’t concede.
      -Trump has been to many republicans God forsaking all.
      -Republicans are challenging the electoral college votes for Biden.
      -Democrats claimed Trump as “Not my president”
      -People said if Biden gets to be pres then they would leave the country.

      Both side accuse the other as if they never did the same thing.
      The two party system is broken and will be the kindling that ignites civil unrest.
      Funny how that works.

      1. Viral Thoughts-
        Hillary conceded in 2016. She called Donald Trump and congratulated him.
        King Obama was a label bestowed on Barack Obama by the Republicans in a derogatory manner.
        The rest of your post I agree with. Both sides say the same things to each other.

      2. Facts are facts.
        Can you even tell the difference any more?
        Where do you get your information or do you just make it up?
        This is the biggest problem we face as a country.
        The ability to think critically, check sources, and hold people accountable for what they say and do.

  3. Suddenly the Libs don’t like Revolution! That’s funny, no fires, no destruction of private property, no looting? NOW they want the police to do something?
    Hahahahaha
    This needs to spread!

    1. Destruction of the capitol wasn’t enough for you? The Trump supporters smashed windows to climb through as they forced their way into the capitol building while armed. Guess the Democrats were right, the Republicans are not the party of law and order.

      1. Armed?

        Got any evidence or video of anyone with guns? Well except the killers who shot an unarmed teen age girl.
        They need to hang.

        1. And if she was storming the capitol, she got what she deserved. I hope that’s the case.

  4. Recently Democrat mayors condemn the actions of Antifa in Washington State. Why didn’t they do this months ago. Because Antifa is not needed now.

  5. Invoke the 25th Amendment and take the big baby out in a straight jacket. Lamborn and Buck are morons. The GOP has shined today! Making America a laughing stock around the world. World Power? No, America is a World Joke. An orange jumpsuit is coming for Mr. Trump. His immunity will be up two weeks from today.

  6. Trump needs to be charged for being the leader of this riot and attempted coup!! We don’t live in Argentina or Africa, Cuba or the Phillipines

  7. The dumbing down of America is almost complete. The left want you to believe there is 2 applications of the law. Remember, the left believes in identity politics and selective morals. If protesting Trump and destroying federal courthouses, creating CHOP/CHAZ zones, if you break the law, its morally right, Democrats pay your bail. If the protest goes against their teachings or the narratives, then it’s an assault on democracy.

    1. Hasenpfeffer- Seems the right have their own set of double standards. The right is completely outraged that people would kneel down in a peaceful protest of police brutality. However the right is fine with desecrating the capitol of our country as a protest when they did not get what they wanted.

  8. If anyone would do a shred of research you would have found that the majority of those storming the Capital were Antifaux. Further, if you have learned one thing over the mast few months is that these are the tactics of the Soros back Antifaux.

      1. Sorry to pee on your parade, but there is proof they were antifaux. Sorry that you are falling for the fake news that CNN and the fake media put out. One more thing, who do you think the fact checkers are?? That’s right, the same people who put out the fake news.

        1. You are not living up to your name here… I very intentionally provided a source from a conservative news group and fact-checking site… Go ahead, do the research yourself. Nowhere near CNN on the political spectrum… Laid it out for you plain as day. I was actually surprised to see that there were some fact checking sites that were right leaning and that’s exactly why I wanted to shove it in your face. Anyways, the FBI is going to sort all of this out and give us the real story. As far as your proof, I’m sure those involve YouTube videos, tiktok videos and extremely right-wing biased underground “real news” sites that are really designed around clickbait.

  9. I’m going to make lemonade…at least we now see the hypocrisy from the Left, Right, Media and Big Tech.

  10. The Trump supporters were peaceful, it was ANTIFA who tried to blend in with them who were the source of the violence and capital storming.

    The marxist democrat controlled media not reporting on that.

    History has shown when white patriots get angry the SHTF, you will know when and if without a doubt it is them.

  11. I am done with GOP RINO Lamborn, the guy is like a candle in the wind who has been in politics for far too long.

    He is a good reason why we need term limits to get fresh blood in to represent people instead of this old steal dinosaur.

  12. You are not living up to your name here… I very intentionally provided a source from a conservative news group and fact-checking site… Go ahead, do the research yourself. Nowhere near CNN on the political spectrum… Laid it out for you plain as day. I was actually surprised to see that there were some fact checking sites that were right leaning and that’s exactly why I wanted to shove it in your face. Anyways, the FBI is going to sort all of this out and give us the real story. As far as your proof, I’m sure those involve YouTube videos, tiktok videos and extremely right-wing biased underground “real news” sites that are really designed around clickbait.

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