As we watch the events unfolding in Washington, D.C., with horror, we checked in with Florida's elected representatives in the Capitol Building.
U.S senators and representatives were gathered today in the chambers to certify the results of the November election. Donald Trump addressed a rally to protest those results, vowing that “we will never concede.”
At the time of writing, all of our elected lawmakers were safe.
Sen. Marco Rubio called on the president to help restore order. He didn't, however, acknowledge that the president stoked the unrest to begin with.
There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 6, 2021
Mr. President @realDonaldTrump the men & women of law enforcement are under assault. It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 6, 2021
I want to wish every Hispanic family in FL & around the world a very happy #ThreeKingsDay! May God bless you & your loved ones.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 6, 2021
¡Quiero desearle a todas las familias hispanas en la Florida y alrededor del mundo un feliz Día de los Tres Reyes! Que Dios bendiga a cada familia. pic.twitter.com/nXKhtRw8I9
Democracy will win today. We are not scared and will do our part.— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) January 6, 2021
For those asking, I am safe. Thank you.— Rep. Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) January 6, 2021
I was in the House Chamber. Then we were on lockdown, then evacuated and now we are safe. We remain steadfast in our resolve to defend our democracy today.— US Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) January 6, 2021
Thank you to the Capitol Police officers who protect us and our institutions every day. And thank you to all law enforcement working to keep people safe in DC.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 6, 2021
My statement from earlier today: pic.twitter.com/aoUN17dXi4— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 6, 2021
The U.S. saved my family from tyranny. I love it beyond words. Violent rioters desecrating the symbol of our great Republic & obstructing democracy is a seditious assault on our nation. Congress should immediately resume work. I for one will never back down in defending America.— Rep. Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) January 6, 2021
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.