COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday called the occupation of the US Capitol Building an “embarrassment” that runs counter to actions in a nation of laws.
DeWine, a Republican, said the final step in the constitutional process of electing a president was disrupted by what he called “a violent mob.”READ MORE: Holiday Lights Event Returns To Kennywood
“This is an embarrassment to our country,” said DeWine, who previously served in Washington both as a U.S. representative and U.S. senator.
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“As a nation of laws, this is simply not acceptable. Lawlessness is not acceptable,” DeWine said. “This is an affront to our Constitution and everything we hold dear.”READ MORE: Farmers Across Pittsburgh Team Up With The Food Bank To Help Families In Need
DeWine said peaceful demonstrations are a First Amendment exercise, but stopping the constitutional process of electing a president is not.
The right to protest peacefully is protected under the Constitution but the actions by violent mobs against our law enforcement and property at the @USCapitol building today are not. @realdonaldtrump should condemn this unacceptable vandalism and violence.
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) January 6, 2021
Republican Attorney General Dave Yost also called the Capitol occupation “lawlessness,” while in a tweet, Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, called on President Donald Trump to “condemn this unacceptable vandalism and violence.”
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