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Illinois politicians react to Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON — Illinois’s U.S. Senators and Representatives and political parties condemned the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, though not the same way.

Tim Schneider, chair of the Illinois GOP, put out a statement on the party’s Facebook page.

“Republicans stand for law and order,” he said. “To support what is happening in DC today is to violate that principle. Supporting violence and rioting is Anti-American. The ILGOP condemns any and all violence towards our government officials and law enforcement.”

Comments on this post, however, didn’t quite agree. Some questioned why the Illinois GOP wasn’t supporting the insurrection. Others blamed Black Lives Matter and antifa for the riot.

On the Democratic Party of Illinois Facebook page, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan called the riot a coup.

“What we witnessed today was nothing short of a coup at the hands of Donald Trump and his Republican enablers,” Madigan said. “What should have been a ceremonial event to mark the peaceful transition of power became an appalling and tragic day for our country. I stand with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to condemn these treasonous riots. Let’s be resolved to move past this dark chapter together as one nation.”

Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) called for Trump’s removal from office.

“If Mr. Trump will not step up to the task of leading our nation as President, then he should immediately step down,” he said. “If he will neither lead nor step down, then he has proven himself ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,’ and it is therefore necessary that the Vice President immediately invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.”

In her own statement, Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) joined that call.

“Today’s violent, treasonous attack on the United States Congress was incited by the President of the United States. By his own admission, he sought to overturn an election and the will of the American people. Our democracy is at stake and we cannot wait until Inauguration Day to see him removed from office—it must be immediate.”

She called the insurrection a dark day and said, “There should be no historical sanctuary for those who ignited this fire.”

Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) said, “What happened today was one of the most shameful things I have seen. It is a terrible day for our country and democracy. The actions taken by rioters go against everything that we stand for as Americans. The rioting and violence must stop. We are a nation of law and order, and those who are responsible for the actions and violence today must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. As Americans, we are much better than this.”

LaHood has not made a statement about removing Trump from office.

NPR reported that four people died due to the riot and dozens were injured.

We will update this story as we get more responses.

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