Supporters of President Trump invaded the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon as Congress was in the process of certifying and debating the count of electoral college votes.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, who called the election rigged and was in full support of Trump in his legal efforts to overturn the election, released a statement on Twitter late Wednesday afternoon saying that she and her staff were safe. A representative of Stefanik said in a phone call with the Times that they are in Washington, D.C.
“Americans have a Constitutional right to protest and freedom of speech, but violence in any form is absolutely unacceptable and anti-American,” Stefanik said.
The events at the Capitol came hours after the Washington County Democratic Committee called for Stefanik to resign immediately, asserting that she has betrayed the people that she says she has the honor to serve.
“This is pure political theater and is a dangerous assault on the central aspect of our democracy,” the committee said in a press release.
Democratic Committee chair Alan Stern said that while Stefanik often calls for bipartisanship in Congress, what she is doing now is the exact opposite.
He said he is extremely disheartened.
“She has always claimed to be a bipartisan representative of the constituents in NY-21, and this is extremely partisan activity,” he said. “That’s a major concern behind this.”
The Washington County Democratic Committee’s call for Stefanik to resign was echoed by the New York Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs.
Stern said that all 12 of the county chairs have signed on to the statement. “We’re united in expressing this disappointment in our representative,” Stern said.
NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy sent out a press release on Jan. 5 expressing his opposition to Jacobs’s “outlandish attack” on the congresswoman.
He said that Stefanik will not bat an eye at the call for her to resign.
“I know that in Andrew Cuomo’s dictatorship no one is allowed to exercise their constitutional rights, but calling for the resignation of a duly-elected Congresswoman for exercising hers is a pathetic new low,” Langworthy said.
As the world watched the events unfolding in Washington, D.C., social media was flooded with political leaders saying that democracy will prevail.
Stern said you couldn’t escape what was happening.
“It’s the kind of thing I think many of us have been anticipating and thinking about,” he said. “But watching it actually happen and come to fruition is shocking beyond belief. I think we need to hold, not only Donald Trump, but all of the enablers like Elise Stefanik and Ted Cruz accountable for what’s going on here.”