Republican lawmakers condemned pro-Trump protesters Wednesday night, hours after they invaded the Capitol following an incendiary speech from the president urging them to march on Congress.
“Today was a dark day in the history of the U.S. Capitol,” Vice President Mike Pence, who presided during an 8 p.m. session, said. “We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms.”
Pence added, “Let’s get back to work.”
Pence, who received a standing ovation, condemned the actions of dozens of protesters who forced their way past barricades and the U.S. Capitol Police.
Other Senate leaders did the same.
“Criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said.
McConnell called the invaders “thugs” and promised the Senate would resume certifying the election of Joe Biden, who protesters believe won the election through voter fraud.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York who is set