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Arkansas lawmakers react to riots at U.S. Capitol in DC

Misty Castile
Hot Springs Village Voice

Members of the Arkansas Congressional delegation took to Twitter to condemn the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Sen. Tom Cotton posted a message on both of his accounts condemning the actions. 

"This violence is unacceptable and needs to be met with the full force of the law. God bless the Capitol Police who are keeping us safe," the senator posted on one account. 

He retweeted the post on his official account adding "Violence and anarchy are unacceptable. We are a nation of laws. This needs to end now." 

Sen. John Boozman posted on Twitter: "The violence and destruction taking place at the Capitol are unacceptable and must cease." 

Representatives for Arkansas also commented on the social media platform. 

Rep. Bruce Westerman, who represents Arkansas' fourth district, said "Americans will always disagree on politics, but violently storming our nation’s Capitol is absolutely unacceptable. People are getting hurt. Enough."  

Third District Rep. Steve Womack acknowledged the right to protest peacefully while condemning the violence.  

"Every American has the right to peacefully protest, but the violence we are witnessing on U.S. Capitol grounds is unacceptable. Attacking property and the brave men and women of the @CapitolPolice  must stop. I strongly condemn these acts. Our nation is better than this."

Rep. Rick Crawford, who represents Arkansas' first district has not only continued to retweet other leaders' condemnation of the violence but also added: "The actions by those who are lawlessly and forcefully entering the Capitol are disgraceful and reprehensible. I condemn those whose actions are endangering the Capitol Hill Police, other LEO personnel, Members, staff, and employees of the Capitol." 

Rep. French Hill, the second district representative said "My family and I are safe. I condemn this violent protest. We are a nation of law and order, and it is disgraceful that the safety and security of our nation's capital and our governmental leaders are at risk."

Crawford tweeted again later Wednesday evening encouraging President Donald Trump to address the nation. 

"As peace and the rule of law is slowly being restored, now would be a good time for President Trump to address the nation from the White House and strongly condemn today’s defilement of the U.S. Capitol."

Cotton released a full statement Wednesday evening calling on the president to accept the results of the election and "...to quit misleading the American people, and repudiate mob violence."

The full text of the statement is below:

“Last summer, as insurrection gripped the streets, I called to send in the troops if necessary to restore order. Today, insurrectionists occupied our Capitol. Fortunately, the Capitol Police and other law-enforcement agencies restored order without the need for federal troops. But the principle remains the same: no quarter for insurrectionists. Those who attacked the Capitol today should face the full extent of federal law. 

It’s past time for the president to accept the results of the election, quit misleading the American people, and repudiate mob violence. And the senators and representatives who fanned the flames by encouraging the president and leading their supporters to believe that their objections could reverse the election results should withdraw those objections. In any event, the Congress will complete its constitutional responsibilities tonight.”

This article has been updated to reflect additional comments