McConnell: 'They Tried to Disrupt Our Democracy. They Failed.’

By Susan Jones | January 7, 2021 | 5:05am EST
A protest at the U.S. Capitol turns ugly and violent on January 6, 2021. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A protest at the U.S. Capitol turns ugly and violent on January 6, 2021. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Joining the bipartisan outrage over the storming of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) later took to the Senate floor to condemn what Schumer called "the final, terrible, indelible legacy of the 45th President of the United States, undoubtedly our worst."

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has this message for the American people:

"The United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution and for our nation. And we're going to do it tonight."

McConnell noted that Congress was interrupted Wednesday afternoon as it began the process of formally affirming the Electoral College vote. He said it's a duty fulfilled by Congress for more than two centuries, in times of war and peace and under all kinds of threats.

The United States and the United States Congress have faced down much greater threats than the unhinged crowd we saw today. We've never been deterred before, and we'll be not deterred today. 

They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed. They failed. They failed the attempt to disrupt the Congress. This failed insurrection only underscores how crucial the path before us is for our Republic.

Our nation was founded precisely so that the free choice of the American people is what shapes our self-government and determines the destiny of our nation. Not fear, not force, but the peaceful expression of the popular will.

Schumer: 'These were rioters and insurrectionists'

"Those who performed these reprehensible acts cannot be called protesters," Schumer said.

No. These were rioters and insurrectionists, goons and thugs, domestic terrorists. They do not represent America. They were a few thousand violent extremists who tried to take over the Capitol building and attack our democracy.

They must and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, hopefully by this administration -- if not, certainly by the next. They should be provided no leniency.

Schumer put most of the blame for the attack on President Donald Trump’s "incitement and lies."

He said all the mob accomplished was to delay the work of Congress by a few hours. He said the hard-work of "repairing this nation begins tonight, because here in America we do hard things. In America, we always overcome our challenges."

The video above shows the full statements of both McConnell and Schumer as Congress reconvened at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6.

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