Nebraska Elected Officials Respond To Storming Of U-S Capitol

Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

      Nebraska state leaders have denounced the angry supporters of President Trump who stormed into the U-S Capitol Wed.

The protesters support Trump’s claims of massive voter fraud and his call for Congress to disregard the Electoral College tally.

     Gov Pete Ricketts issued a statement saying he condemns the violence in the strongest possible terms, adding that “peaceful protest is the American way. Violence and destruction of property are not.” 

     1st-District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry directed his comments to…quote …”the fools who are entering the Capitol – you are undermining the principles of rightful justice and democracy.”

       Senator Ben Sasse laid the blame on Trump, saying “this violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the President’s addiction to constantly stroking division. This is not how we peacefully transition power.” 

        Fellow Senator Deb Fischer had issued a statement Tues saying she would vote to accept the Electoral College count despite her strong support for the President because his legal team failed to make the case for widespread voter fraud to any criminal investigators or judges..

       She followed that up in even stronger terms after the protests, saying “These rioters have no constitutional right to harm law enforcement and storm our Capitol. We are a nation of laws, not some banana republic” 

    3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith, the only member of the Nebraska delegation opposing the Electoral College count, said the protesters were hurting that effort and that “illegal disruptions of this process are unacceptable and not constructive.”

      2nd District Congressman Don Bacon was in his office when the rioters breached the Capitol and called it a “disgrace” and “reprehensible.”

He distanced the GOP from the protestors, saying they “aren’t Republicans, these are anarchists (who) embarrassed our nation” and undermined democracy.

      Bacon said both sides escalated the political divide leading up to this and that both Republicans and Democrats need to stand up and be good leaders – especially the President on the peaceful transition of power.

Bacon added that “the President himself needs to set the example and the right tone and he has failed to do that here and it’s not right.”