Congresswoman Alma Adams calls Jan. 6 a ‘gross violation’ and ‘sad day for democracy’
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - United States Congresswoman Alma Adams is calling Jan. 6 a “gross violation” and “a sad day for democracy.”
The North Carolina lawmaker says she was about to go in the U.S. Capitol when a lockdown was issued. She says she returned to her office and remained there to watch the proceedings happening in the Senate.
She says soon after - alarms went off and she was told to shelter in place. She immediately received texts from family and friends who were concerned for her safety.
She and other lawmakers were then moved to a secure location.
“Things are very difficult and very tense here,” Rep. Adams said. “It was a very scary and emotional moment – there were shots fired in the chamber – actually these protestors just took over the whole building and I’m not sure that we were fully prepared for that.”
Rep. Adams says she has been in government for a long time. She says she is used to protests but nothing like this.
“I am absolutely surprised,” she said. “This is the people’s house – first of all - it is to be respected, it is where we make the laws on behalf of people. It is where we confirm and protect democracy.”
Adams says Congress must certify election results before President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can be inaugurated on Jan. 20. Adams wants to continue the work right away.
“I believe that the Capitol Police, as well as the local police and the law enforcement that they are bringing in,” Adams said. I think they’ll get it under control so that we can go in and continue our work in spite of broken windows or whatever else they have done here.”
When asked about what should happen to the protesters who invaded the Capitol.
“I’m not sure they are going to pinpoint all the people who did this,” Adams said. “I think the president of the United States owes the country an apology because he incited this riot and I’m disgusted and disappointed in him.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter sent Tuesday evening that “members and staff should remain on the Capitol complex until they are notified by the United States Capitol Police. I look forward to seeing you later this evening during this time of great sadness.”
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