Alaska lawmakers react to riots in Washington, D.C.

Alaska State Representative David Eastman was in the U.S. capital to attend events
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 4:52 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - U.S. Representative Don Young and Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski took to Twitter to share their reactions to the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning.

Alaska Representative Don Young’s office tweeted that he and his staff are safe and accounted for. The tweet went on to say, “Peaceful protest is fundamentally American, but violence must never be tolerated. I call on protestors to comply with Capitol Police, stand down, and leave the Capitol Building so that our Constitutional duties may resume.”

Senator Dan Sullivan used the social media site to express his disgust at the “lawless acts of violence being perpetrated at the Capitol. Disgraceful. A sad day in American history. The world is watching. We are the United States of America. We must be better than this. We ARE better than this.”

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Senator Lisa Murkowski called on President Donald Trump to tell his supporters to stop the violence, and referred to the situation at the Capitol as “mob rule.” Trump released a statement Wednesday afternoon telling protesters to go home.

Alaska State Representative David Eastman was present for in D.C. Wednesday.

He spoke with our sister station KTUU about his motivations for traveling to the U.S. capital, saying “In my case, hearing the president’s message and seeing the importance of today’s vote in the context of how the election was carried out this year, and the interest that I have and also many Alaskans have that the election be conducted accurately and fairly, and with transparency, which has not happened and it has created a crisis in this country.”

Following a “Save America Rally” at the White House Wednesday morning, violence broke out at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. as protesters defied security barricades and entered the building.

Congress, which had gathered to count electoral votes for U.S. President, recessed and members were evacuated from the building.

D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, ordered a 6 p.m. curfew for the city, and local police as well as members of the D.C. National Guard were called in to restore order.

The Associated Press reports that at least one person was shot inside the capitol building, and died later on Wednesday.

Later in the day, Congress reconvened.

More information has been reported by Gray Television’s DC Bureau, and can be found on our website. This is a developing story.

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