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Congressional candidates, governor react to U.S. Capitol riot

Members of Congress met at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to certify the Electoral College votes before protesters stormed the building and broke inside.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 6:05 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2021 6:20 PM

Members of Congress met at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to certify the Electoral College votes before protesters stormed the building and broke inside.

New York’s 22nd Congressional District did not have representation at the ceremony, since the race is not yet decided and court proceedings are ongoing.

Incumbent Anthony Brindisi spoke with NEWSChannel 2 about Wednesday’s events, saying it was an act of domestic terrorism.

"What we're witnessing right now are acts of domestic terrorism by people who want to sow seeds of doubt and conspiracy on our elections and there's no place for it in our country,” he said.

Brindisi said President Trump emboldened the protesters to take these drastic actions.

"Let me be very clear; the president bears total responsibility for this. Number one, he was at the protest today,” said Brindisi. “He told them to go there, to the Capitol, to march to the Capitol and show strength. What does he think these people are going to do when he says that?"

Republican Claudia Tenney tweeted during Wednesday’s events, saying election concerns to not excuse violence.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also released the following statement addressing the incident:

"The cornerstone of our democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. We must call this what it actually is: a failed attempt at a coup. This is the final chapter of an incompetent, cruel, and divisive administration that has trampled on the Constitution and the rule of law at every turn, and we won't let President Trump, the members of Congress who enable him, or the lawless mob that stormed our nation's Capitol steal our democracy. The election results are clear and the will of the American people will be carried out."

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