When the disruptors tried to break into the door of the U.S. House of Representatives and police showed their guns through the broken glass of said chamber doors, Jason Crow, a Aurora representative, watched from the gallery.
“People on the floor were evacuated, but those in the gallery were actually trapped for 20 minutes when the disruptors attacked the stairwells and doors. So the Capitol police actually closed the chamber door and started piling furniture on the doors to block them while holding the gun. He recalled.
“I got into a little savage mode,” the Army combat veteran said. “Most members didn’t know how to use emergency masks, so I helped them get the emergency masks out of their bags and helped a lot of people give instructions on how to put them on and how to use them. I didn’t leave the floor of the house until all the members were gone, so I waited until we could get everyone out.
The Democratic congressman, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, never believed he would witness in America what he witnessed on Wednesday: the takeover of the U.S. Capitol. “It’s a very, very dark day and there’s a lot of work ahead of us.”
“The president is directly at fault, but the president has shown us for a very long time who he is,” Crow said of President Donald Trump. “Its licensors, the people around it, the members of Congress, have allowed us to get to this point. This is the inevitable conclusion of Donald Trump. But people have let him go this far and we have very tough conversations about why and how.
The attack on the Capitol, which forced members of Congress in Colorado to flee to safer places, was condemned by members of both political parties. Republican Ken Buck wrote on Twitter: “Violence and anarchy must be condemned, we are a nation of laws. Law enforcement needs to finish this now.
Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat from Arvada, said in an interview from an unfamiliar location that he felt sad at the day’s events.
“You’ve seen this building in about the past month.” I didn’t expect to get to that level, but I have, ”the congressman said.
“I think the president encouraged that. There were 60 court cases, counting and recounting, and losing. He lost the referendum, lost the election vote, and throughout the country’s history, when someone lost, everything is moving forward, with the new administration coming on January 20th. I do not think we have seen such resistance to the election results yet. It’s a shame.
Shortly before the house was evacuated, MP Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Lafayette, and Lauren Boebert, a Republican from the Shooter, debated whether to justify the election results in Arizona, alongside Neguse, and Boebert opposed it.
“Ma’am, I currently have voters outside this building,” Boebert shouted upstairs. “I promised my voters would have a voice.”
The Colorado Democrats have spared not only the dismissal of the rioters, but also the denunciation of the president’s rhetoric before the riots.
– This is not a protest. It’s a coup attempt, ”said D-Denver MP Diana DeGette. “I never thought we would see such anarchy from our own president.”