North Mississippi congressional members were confirmed safe in the hours following the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
Staffers for Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith and Rep. Trent Kelly said the delegates were safe as the peaceful protest of President Donald Trump supporters turned violent on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.
House and Senate members were in the Capitol building as Congress counted the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden.
Following the evocation of Congress, Hyde-Smith posted on social media asking the violence to stop.
“Whatever frustrations any American may have, violence and destruction in the US Capitol, the seat of our democratic government, is unacceptable,” the Republican from Brookhaven said. “I’m grateful for Capitol Police and those working to stabilize the situation.”
Wicker – also a Republican – released a statement to the media.
“To everyone who has asked, I am safe. I thank the brave men and women of the US Capitol Police and federal law enforcement for their work to bring this lawlessness and violence in the Capitol building to an end,” he said.
Republican Kelly tweeted, “Please keep protests peaceful and lawful. I condemn all acts of violence.”
The Mississippi House was meeting when news broke of the breach on the nation’s Capitol.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said political violence is wrong.
“Law and order must win over mob rule,” he added. “The country we love desperately needs prayer and God’s protection.”