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Arizona lawmakers react to violent protests at US Capitol

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 03:47:46-05

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers addressed the riots at the US Capitol in Washington. D.C. that unfolded Wednesday.

A joint session in Congress was cut short Wednesday as a lockdown was put in place once lawmakers learned that pro-Trump protesters made their way into the building during the House and Senate's debates over the certification of the Electoral College votes.

Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced on Twitter that she was safe as Representatives and Senators were evacuated from the chambers. She also later released a statement condemning the violence that happened at the Capitol.

Arizona's junior Senator Mark Kelly also wrote on Twitter calling the protests at the Capitol "unpatriotic."

Several U.S. Representatives of Arizona also posted messages on Twitter addressing the chaos.

“I'm afraid there are people on both sides of the issue that are going to be upset.” Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, (R ) 8th Congressional District said on Tuesday. Congresswoman Lesko said what troubled her most was the degree of misinformation people had about what would happen when Congress met in Joint Session to certify the 2020 election. “They really believe,” she said, “there is going to be some huge decision made and the reality is possible but not probable.”

Governor Doug Ducey also addressed the protests on Twitter saying "all should denounce, and it should end now."

Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs, (R) 5th Congressional District, says objecting to the electoral votes was not to declare the election was stolen from President Trump, rather it was a way for Congress to give voice to the people who believe their vote was stolen from them. Congressman Biggs said, "I know they’re fed up and I know they’re angry.”

Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem (R) Tucson made joined thousands of people who were going to participate in a day of rallies, marches and speeches. Finchem said he feels it's important to lend his voice to the protest. “Ultimately Congress will do it’s job. I might not like the way they do their job, but then again I don’t like the way the legislature does its job sometimes,” Finchem said. “But that’s democracy. It’s messy.”

This comes as Congress had to go into a recess and the US Capitol was placed under lockdown Wednesday when pro-Trump protestors made their way into the building. Lawmakers were in the middle of debates over the certification of the Electoral College votes when the breach happened.