ALL NEWS

Pres. Trump to protesters: “Go home”; Utah politicians condemn violence at Capitol

Jan 6, 2021, 3:15 PM | Updated: 4:54 pm
Sen. Orriin Hatch during the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh. Sept. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

SALT LAKE CITY — As President Donald Trump called on his supporters who burst into the U.S. Capitol by breaking windows to enter the building to “go home,” Utah politicians reacted on KSL NewsRadio and on social media to the violence in Washington. 

“I know your pain. I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. We had a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace,” President Trump said standing outside the White House Wednesday afternoon during the video posted on Twitter.

Utah’s elected officials on the violence 

Gov. Spencer Cox, just in office for three days, issued a video statement in which he said, “We are better than this in America.” 

Attorney General Sean Reyes, who traveled to Arizona to assist with challenges to the election outcome in that state, also responded to the upheaval on social media, calling the violence unacceptable. 

Utah’s congressional delegation responds

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, joined KSL NewsRadio’s Jeff Caplan live from Washington to describe what was happening at the US Capitol and his opinion on the protesters inciting violence and storming the building. 

“I view this, personally, as an act of domestic violence and terrorism, and I think we all have to condemn this,” said Curtis. “And in the strictest of terms, this is not acceptable. This is not who we are as a country. We are better than this.”

Due to congressional members sheltering in place, Curtis was unable to disclose his location in Washington for security reasons. He said he was “close in proximity” to the Capitol. 

However, Curtis said he couldn’t believe occupiers broke into a secure building. 

“What we saw unfold before our eyes was something I would have said could never happen,” explained Curtis. “They broke into the Capitol, which I thought could never happen, the layers of security that we have here.” 

The congressman did report he and his staff were safe. 

Newly elected Republican Rep. Blake Moore of Utah’s 1st congressional district tweeted:

 

And newly elected Republican Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah’s 4th congressional district:

 

Former elected officials respond to the raiding of US Capitol 

Former Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch reacted to the roiling violence at the U.S. Capitol.

“Without any pause, caveat, or equivocation, I condemn the riots taking place at the U.S. Capitol. The Capitol symbolizes the beating heart of American democracy. It’s where we convene in the spirit of civility and compromise to hash out our greatest differences and move legislation forward. The lawless incursion on our Capitol is both a physical and spiritual attack on an institution I love — an institution I spent more than four decades protecting.

“Enough is enough. Our institutions are undergoing a stress test that they can only survive if our elected officials show unity in this critical moment. We are a nation of laws, not individuals—and the foremost responsibility of every member of Congress is to uphold our Constitution and the integrity of the democratic process.” Hatch announced Wednesday afternoon in a press release.

Former Republican Utah Rep. Mia Love shared her reaction to the rioting on Twitter:

 

Utah organizations condemn the storming of the Capitol building 

The Utah Republican Party reacted to the unfolding violence:

“A hallmark of our democratic republic is the peaceful transition of power. What occurred today as Congress convened to count the electoral votes submitted by the states from the 2020 election is unacceptable. The Utah Republican Party condemns this intrusion into our electoral process. Our Constitution protects the right to peacefully protest, and to engage in vigorous debates over politics and ideas, but violence or destruction in any form are an affront to who we are as Americans.”

Also, United Utah Party Chairwoman Hillary Stirling also condemned the violence: 

“I am watching in disbelief, along with the rest of the nation and the world, the unfolding riots in the U.S. Capitol. This is not what upholding the Constitution looks like. These are not the actions of patriots.

“The United Utah Party unequivocally condemns those who would use violence to impose their will on our nation. Our members of Congress were in the process of fulfilling their constitutional duty, and they have been thwarted by the unlawful acts of these extremists. Laws have been violated, property has been damaged, lives have potentially been endangered, and the peace has been broken. Riot is riot and is unacceptable, no matter who is rioting.”

Today’s Top Stories

All News

election offices...
JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press

Falsehoods, harassment stress local election offices in US

Local election offices across the U.S. report being targeted by threatening emails and left to cope with misinformation and staff shortages.
13 hours ago
State employees are awarded by Governor Cox for their exceptional service to the citizens of Utah. ...
Aubri Wuthrich

Governor Cox presents awards to state employees.

The Award of Excellence was created to recognize employees that go the extra mile and show exceptional dedication.
13 hours ago
Women owned businesses are struggling according to study...
Aimee Cobabe

New survey suggests women who own businesses are struggling

A new survey found that a majority of women-owned businesses in Utah say the biggest challenges come from balancing life and gender barriers.
13 hours ago
A Bountiful police vehicle is pictured in Bountiful on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Kristin Murphy/Des...
Samantha Herrera

13 year old hospitalized after being run over in Bountiful

A 13-year-old was sent to the hospital with a collapsed lung and broken ribs after he was run over while crossing a crosswalk in Bountiful.
13 hours ago
An apartment building under construction, the UHPF helps provide affordable housing in Utah...
Elizabeth Weiler

$10 million donated to the Utah Housing Preservation Fund

The Utah Housing Preservation Fund just received a multi-million dollar donation from a bank making more affordable housing in Utah.
13 hours ago
A family on a ski life in Utah...
Kate Davis, Amie Schaeffer

Skiers rejoice! Most ski slopes in Utah set to open soon

Multiple ski resorts in Utah announced their opening dates for the upcoming winter season. The first date for several resorts is slated for Nov. 18.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Pres. Trump to protesters: “Go home”; Utah politicians condemn violence at Capitol