Montana Leaders Condemn Violence in the Capitol
For many of us back here in Montana, we have repeatedly condemned the violence that has played out on American streets over the past year. We condemned the violence that targeted the great men and women in law enforcement. We condemned the violence that burned black-owned businesses (and other small businesses) to the ground. We condemned the violent, lawless occupation of American cities like Seattle. And we now condemn the violence that has been playing out in our nation's capitol.
Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT) says both he and his staff are safe, after protesters stormed the US Capitol and forced evacuations in the House and Senate. He added:
I condemn political violence of any kind. There is a peaceful process to resolve this which is what we were attempting to do. Thank you to the Capitol Police for keeping us safe.
Violence has no place in our civil society, and I categorically condemn what’s happening in the U.S. Capitol.
I condemn any kind of violence and intimidation. This is unacceptable.
Thank you for your concerns. My staff and I are safe and secure. The violent actions we are seeing today at our nation’s Capitol are an affront to our democracy and have no place in America.
Joint statement from Montana Senate President Mark Blasdel and Speaker of the House Wylie Galt:
We are blessed in Montana to have a long tradition of respectful and spirited dialogue and peaceful expression of diverse viewpoints through our First Amendment rights. Violence is not an acceptable response to political differences. Already this week, we've had multiple peaceful demonstrations here at the State Capitol in Helena. We encourage Montanans to continue serving as an example for the nation during these times of intense division.
Enough is enough. It is time for political and media figures to stop excusing violent acts that are being used to promote a political agenda.
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