Protesters gather at the Governor’s Manson in Olympia Wednesday afternoon. (The Olympian newspaper photo)

Protesters gather at the Governor’s Manson in Olympia Wednesday afternoon. (The Olympian newspaper photo)

Chaos at the nation’s Capitol Building

Rep. Kilmer issues statement decrying mob’s action

As a pro-Trump insurrection consumed Washington, D.C., and resulted in a breaching of the interior of the nation’s Capitol Building, the 6th District’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, issued the following statement:

“Today I went to work to represent my constituents — to stand up for the will of the voters in our region and certify the Electoral College votes as presented to Congress. Sadly, with the encouragement of the President, a violent and lawless mob attempted to take over the United States Capitol. This is a dark day for our republic. This is not how our system works. We do not — and will not — get bullied by angry people who are on the losing side of the will of the voters. Order will be restored, the American voters will be heard, and Joe Biden will be sworn in as President on January 20.”

In the state capital, Olympia, supporters of President Donald Trump entered a gate leading to the front lawn of Gov. Jay Inslee’s residence before being confronted by Washington State Patrol troopers and other law enforcement officers.

According to a report filed by the Seattle Times Wednesday afternoon, dozens of protesters were openly carrying firearms as they moved to the front of the residence chanting and waving signs. A single trooper reportedly urged them to leave the property. After additional law enforcement officers arrived, the protesters began moving back behind the gate at 3:30 p.m.

WSP later tweeted that Inslee was in a safe place and out of any potential harm.

A similar demonstration took place this afternoon at Oregon’s state capitol building in Salem. One person reportedly was arrested.

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