SD Congressional delegation reacts to U.S. Capitol protest

Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a 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. Congress returned later Wednesday to resume their proceedings after the Capitol was cleared by law enforcement.

South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune, Senate Majority Whip, made the statement that it was a sad day for America.  He said that “the violent behavior at the Capitol is inexcusable and disgusting, but we won’t be deterred from our Constitutional duty”.

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds said that “As a nation, we should stand together in opposition to the violent acts and lawlessness that occurred at the U.S. Capitol.  Violence and destruction are never the answer. We are better than this, and it’s past time for cooler heads to prevail”.

South Dakota’s U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson posted on Twitter: “Too many have sown the seeds of anger and division.  This is its tragic harvest.  This needs to stop.”