‘Today’s terrorism is not who we are’; N.C., S.C leaders condemn violent protests at U.S. Capitol

Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 5:57 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina and South Carolina political leaders took to Twitter to condemn violent protests at the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress attempted to count electoral votes that would affirm Joe Biden’s presidential win.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said that a peaceful transition of power “is the hallmark of our democracy.” He called the actions in Washington terrorism.

His counterpart in South Carolina, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, tweeted his disbelief over the scene in Washington.

Patrick McHenry, a Republican Congressman serving seven districts in western North Carolina, called the violence “completely unacceptable.”

Alma Adams, a Democratic Congresswoman serving Charlotte in North Carolina’s 12th District, said she and her staff was safe, and that they were sheltering in place.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican Senator from South Carolina, agreed with President-elect Joe Biden’s call to stop the violence.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson tweeted that violence won’t change the outcome of the election.

North Carolina Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx echoed a similar sentiment.

North Carolina Republican Congressman Dan Bishop said the violence must stop now.

North Carolina Republican Congressman Ted Budd thanked the Capitol Police for evacuating him safely.

North Carolina U.S. Senator Richard Burr also provided a statement about Wednesday’s events, saying “no evidence of voter fraud has emerged that would warrant overturning the 2020 election. The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point.”

North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis tweeted that he backs to blue and supports law enforcement, adding that he condemns the violence that took place at the Capitol.

The North Carolina Republican Party said, on Twitter, that violence is never acceptable.

The North Carolina Democratic Party also tweeted, offering thoughts to everyone at the scene of the protests.

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