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Prominent Maryland leaders denounce protests at U.S. Capitol

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 17:36:15-05

Prominent Maryland leaders are reacting to what's taking place at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The U.S. Capitol has been overrun by demonstrators who are supporters of President Donald Trump. At least one person has gunshot wounds from shots fired inside the Capitol, and multiple officers have been injured with at least one taken to the hospital.

Gov. Hogan said he is sending Maryland State Police troopers to help the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police.

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He also shared his thoughts saying in part, "all Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation’s Capitol. This is a heinous and violent assault on the heart of our democracy. I will not stand for this, and neither should any American."

Mayor Brandon Scott said, "what we’re seeing on Capitol Hill today is an attack on our democracy and an act of treason. This is what white supremacy looks like."

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Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen said on Twitter that it's "hard to take seriously the political arsonists, starting with Trump, when they say they want to put out the flames after they lit the match. I never thought we would live to see the day that violent mobs seized control of the Capitol. I cry for our country."

Maryland Representative Kweisi Mfume also said on Twitter, "Let's be clear. What we're witnessing at the US Capitol is a dangerous coup attempt incited by Trump. This is a physical attack on our democracy & a threat to national security. These anarchists & their leader must be arrested & tried with sedition. My staff is safe & on lockdown."

Senator Ben Cardin said in part, "the Republican enablers who encouraged President Trump and this insurrection must actively work to calm the crowds and restore order."