Two local lawmakers were whisked off the House floor and escorted to a safe location after an extraordinary demonstration of allegiance to a departing president ended with a violent assault on the Nation’s capitol.
Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) were caught up in the events of an ugly day in Washington in which a woman was killed as she and hundreds of others pushed past capitol security and breached the halls of the nation’s government in an assault that lasted for hours.
Neither man was injured, though a calendared certification of the Nov. 3 presidential election was halted until order could be restored Wednesday night. Both updated constituents via Twitter after the assault appeared to have ended.
“Thank you to everyone who has checked in. I am safe and my staff are safe. I’m grateful to the men and women of the Capitol Police,” Swalwell wrote. “Terrorists will not stop democracy. (Joe Biden) is going to be the next president. Soon, Congress will resume its duty of certifying the election.”
DeSaulnier also took to Twitter, writing tersely: “My staff and I are safe in the Capitol complex. This type of violence has no place in a democracy.”
Earlier, Swalwell enjoined fellow members to further condemn Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol – often referred to as the Temple of Democracy, by writing:
“As Representatives, we swear on oath to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Any elected official who does not denounce this full frontal assault on our democracy is assisting a coup attempt on the Capitol.”