The governors of three states in the Local 6 area are speaking out against violent protests at the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday, with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear calling the protesters "domestic terrorists."
In a video statement released Wednesday, Beshear said, in part: "Today is a tough day for our country. Domestic terrorists have stormed and infiltrated our U. S. Capitol Building, a building that stands for American democracy. And yes I called them domestic terrorists. When you try to use force and intimidation to get what you want to overthrow an election, to stop the business of Congress, yes, you are acting as a domestic terrorist."
"Today, there cannot be Democrats or Republicans. There can only be Americans, and all of us must condemn this in no uncertain terms," Beshear said.
In a statement shared via Twitter, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said: "The violence happening in our nation’s capitol is inexcusable and an affront to our founding principles and freedoms. I stand with our Tennessee delegation that order must be restored immediately and thank law enforcement for their professionalism."
The violence happening in our nation’s capitol is inexcusable and an affront to our founding principles and freedoms. I stand with our Tennessee delegation that order must be restored immediately and thank law enforcement for their professionalism.— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) January 6, 2021
In a series of tweets, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he is "disgusted watching the violence playing out inside and around the Capitol," and that "this violence is abhorrent and is nothing like what the founders envisioned for this nation."
"Donald Trump has incited a violent coup attempt. And his enablers share responsibility for this, pure and simple," Pritzker said.
I’m disgusted watching the violence playing out inside and around the Capitol. First and foremost, I pray for the safety of our first responders, elected officials, staff and the public.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) January 6, 2021
Donald Trump has incited a violent coup attempt. And his enablers share responsibility for this, pure and simple.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) January 6, 2021
During a briefing on COVID-19 Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said: "I am a law-and-order guy. I don't care what you present to be or what cause you are under, you don't violate the law. There’s rules and regulations and you have to abide by them. That’s what I do believe. No matter who you support, no matter what your politics are , you have to be responsible for your conduct.
"People have the right to come in here peacefully every day, but you don’t have the right to come in here and do what you want to do," Parson said.
Asked if he blames President Donald Trump for the unrest that was unfolding, Parson said: "Absolutely not. Here is why I say that: Anytime you have had gatherings in Washington, D.C., we’ve seen marches, we’ve seen different people going out there for reasons. Are they wrong to do that? No, everybody has the right to protest. I think when you try to attach on the political game whether you try to blame the president or blame somebody else, you know my understanding is that the president told them not to commit any crimes.”