Vice President Pence is condemning the hoards of Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday, which forced lawmakers to evacuate the Senate chamber and cease Electoral College certification proceedings.
“The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building,” the vice president wrote in the first of two tweets.
“Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the second tweet read.
The comments were the first from Pence since he was urgently rushed out of the Capitol as rioters stormed the complex.
In his capacity as vice president, Pence was presiding over proceedings to certify the Electoral College results, a process that was expected to see some chaos of it’s own with House and Senate Republicans objecting