Politicians on both the left and right have condemned the violence and destructive behavior of the mob that breached the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, admitting that security was not well equipped to handle the riot.
While Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he “salute[s] and applaud[s] those front-line U.S. Capitol Police officers who stood bravely in harm’s way,” he acknowledged that the breach in security seriously compromised the safety of many. “Yesterday represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government,” McConnell said in a statement. “A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow.”
“The ultimate blame for yesterday lies with the unhinged criminals who broke down doors, trampled our nation’s flag, fought with law enforcement, and tried to disrupt our democracy, and with those who incited them. But this fact does not and will not preclude our addressing