SIOUX FALLS (AP) – Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune calls the actions of rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol “thuggery” and condemned the mob of Trump supporters who caused chaos, mayhem and destruction.
Thune, speaking with reporters Wednesday night, said he hoped the rioters got a clear message that “they will not stop our democracy from moving forward.”
Congress concluded the electoral vote count early Thursday certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory after the violent insurrection interrupted its work Wednesday.
Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds, Rep. Dusty Johnson and hundreds of other congressional members were moved to safety as rioters began ransacking offices and causing other property damage.
Thune said the misinformation about wide-spread fraud in the election results fueled Wednesday’s violent riots and that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric likely played a factor in what happened.
Thune says he understands some people aren’t happy with the outcome of the election, but too often many have become emotional and resorted to violence.
“That’s just unacceptable,” he told the Argus Leader.
Johnson, in a recorded message called the Capitol chaos a “terrible situation.”
“Too many people have been sowing the seeds of anger and division and this is what we get because of this. This is the tragic harvest and it needs to stop,” Johnson said.