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Southern Utah News Front Page: January 14, 2021
Capitol intruders cause lockdown
President Trump supporters gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the decision by Congress, affirming Joe Biden as the winner. Photo by Shana Gardner.
By Neal Brown
On Jan. 6, 2021, Congress began the electoral process to count votes that would later certify Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America. The counting was halted as journalists on the ground reported that the U.S. Capitol building was in lockdown, as a result of protestors breaching capitol security. Members of the Senate and the House were forced to evacuate or shelter in place, wearing protective hoods in the case of tear gas being released, as criminals ransacked offices and destroyed capitol property.
“Watching and hearing what’s going on here continues to make me sick and angry,” tweeted Utah Representative Chris Stewart on Jan. 6. “I’ve spent my life in the military and serving my country in Congress. I understand people’s fears and frustrations over the election, but nothing excuses this behavior. It’s selfish and destructive. Stop it now!”
Rep. Stewart commended Capitol Police for being, “calm and professional every moment. They represent the best our nation has to offer,” he wrote.
Senators returned to the session at 8 p.m. to resume the electoral vote count, and thus confirmed Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.