Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) called the ambush by Trump supporters “a historically dangerous attack on our democracy incited by the violent rhetoric of a treacherous President.”
Latino lawmakers expressed outrage after Trump supporters invaded the US Capitol on Jan. 6 during the middle of the constitutional process to affirm the president-elect’s victory in the November election.
“Make no mistake,” Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) tweeted. “The domestic terrorism at the US Capitol by armed protestors is not only Trump’s fault alone. This is the result of leaders in the Republican Party fueling conspiracy, division, and hatred for years. And it won’t be fixed until they lose their office.”
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Angry Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building, and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace, but did not call on his supporters to leave.
Rep. Castro also tweeted that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who was speaking in the House chambers before protestors stormed in, “should resign from the United States Senate immediately.”
Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) was also inside House chambers when chaos ensued and called the ambush by Trump supporters “a historically dangerous attack on our democracy incited by the violent rhetoric of a treacherous President.”
Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said the type of disorder happening in and around Capitol Hill by Trump supporters is the type of violence seen in third world countries.
“I immigrated from Guatemala to get away from violent attempts to dismantle democracy and the #RuleOfLaw,” Rep. Torres tweeted. “It’s extremely disturbing to see this happening in our country. But we cannot allow these insurrectionists define our democratic process.”
In a raucous, out-of-control scene, protesters fought past police and breached the building, shouting and waving Trump and American flags as they marched through the halls. One person was shot at the Capitol and has since died, according to NBC News.
While some senators were being evacuated, some House lawmakers tweeted they were sheltering in place in their offices. Demonstrators fought with Capitol Police and then forced their way into the building, not long after a huge rally near the White House, during which Trump egged them on to march to Capitol Hill.
Rep. Nanette D. Barragán (D-Calif.), who is still sheltering in place inside her office, blamed Trump.
“Police and emergency vehicles streaming toward the Capitol, but damage is already done. Trump has incited this violence and lawlessness. He, and all those breaking laws today, must be held accountable,” Rep. Barragán tweeted.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Texas) also blamed Trump and said that Wednesday’s riot would not have progressed to that level of violence had the protestors been people of color.
“If they were Black or Brown, they would have been slaughtered. The History of this nation,” Rep. Espaillat tweeted. “This is unacceptable. Donald Trump is to blame.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.