Reporter's note: This article was updated at 1:03 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2020, with the latest information.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a series of tweets sent Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy condemned the violence that embroiled the U.S. Capitol as pro-Trump extremists forced Congress to halt Electoral College certification proceedings.
Rep. Murphy, who represents North Carolina’s Third District, including Carteret County, tweeted he was “ashamed” of the behavior of the mob, which forced entrance to the Capitol Wednesday afternoon and caused members of Congress and staff to be evacuated. Key elected officials were escorted to safe locations, including Vice President Mike Pence, according to media reports.
“Let me first and foremost, in the strongest way possible, condemn the anarchy and violence that has beset our Capitol today. As I have said many times peaceful protests are one of the most meaningful foundations of our democracy,” Rep. Murphy’s office said on Twitter, a little less than two hours after confirming he and his staff were safe amid the chaos.
“However violence like today or any type of violence like looting and burning in protest is not to be tolerated. We were having meaningful debate in the House chamber regarding beliefs about the United State Constitution and possible violations of it by certain states,” he continued. “That meaningful dialogue has now been destroyed and marred by this violence. This is not how America operates. I am ashamed of this horrible behavior.”
Tuesday, Rep. Murphy, who was sworn in this week for a second term, announced plans to object to the vote certification of the Electoral College.
In a scene The Associated Press described as out-of-control, extremists stormed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcing their way into both the House and Senate chambers. Four people were killed, including a woman who was shot, and officials report at least one explosive device was found.
When security officials had given the all clear and Congress returned to chambers late Wednesday, Rep. Murphy sustained his objection to certifying the Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania, but voted to certify those of Arizona.
His office provided no further comment from the congressman.
Both chambers confirmed the results of the Electoral College in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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