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Nevada Lawmakers, Leaders Condemn Violence At The Capitol

A tweet by Republican Representative Mark Amodei that reads, “January 6, 2021: History made today for all the wrong reasons. Shameful. All our Washington staff are safe.”
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Update Thursday, Jan. 7, 8:48 a.m. PT

Nevada lawmakers continue to comment on the armed insurgency of the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto tweeted an update yesterday about the importance of finishing the Electoral College tally.

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee told the extremist mob that they had failed.

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford remembered the woman who died in the violence Wednesday.

Nev. Attorney General Aaron Ford indirectly called out President Trump for his role in the violence.

State Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner referred to the rioters as "patriots" but condemned their violent actions.

Many criticized that tweet, including Nev. Senator Chris Brooks from Las Vegas.

State Assemblyman for District 39, Jim Wheeler urged for arrests of rioters.

Original story, published Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. PT

As pro-Trump extremists broke into the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and erupted into chaos Wednesday, several Nevada lawmakers who were there marked themselves safe via Twitter and condemned their actions.

Republican Representative Mark Amodei, who has remained quiet about whether he would accept the election results, tweeted that “history was made for all the wrong reasons” and called the insurrection shameful.

Democratic Representative Steven Horsford tweeted his statement, saying the day’s events are a direct result of a call to arms by President Donald Trump. He says he still plans to certify the election results.

Democratic Representative Susie Lee thanked Capitol Police and called the day “an attack on democracy itself.”

Democratic Representative Dina Titus tweeted that the events are attempting to destroy democracy, but she added the pro-Trump extremists won’t succeed.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported both of Nevada’s Senators, Democrats Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, as being safe. Cortez Masto called the events un-American.

Sen. Rosen tweeted that in the "face of violence, democracy prevailed."

Several Nevada lawmakers also took to Twitter to condemn the violence that transpired Wednesday.

Governor Steve Sisolak tweeted that the chaos was the opposite of patriotic and called it “undemocratic and un-American.”

Attorney General Aaron Ford tweeted throughout the day. He first shared a video of pro-Trump extremists fighting with federal police, calling their actions “a riot, not a protest. Period.” Ford later tweeted he’s praying for the United States during this dark time.

Republican Nevada State Senator Ben Kieckhefer from Carson City and Washoe County called the images horrific. He called on other leaders to condemn the actions and for criminals to be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Democratic Majority State Senate Leader Nicole Cannizzaro also tweeted, calling others to speak out against the violence and the “disgraceful lies that led to it.” She added the pro-Trump extremists’ actions are an attempt to overturn a fair election.

Former governor and current University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval tweeted the situation is an attempt to hijack the foundation of our democracy.

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of the Ground Truth Project.

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Noah Glick is a former content director and host at KUNR Public Radio.
Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America focusing on community reporting and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local community issues are her passion, including the affordable housing crisis, homelessness, a lack of access to healthcare, protests and challenges facing vulnerable communities in northern Nevada.
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