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Local residents and officials react to Washington D.C. protests.

Local residents and officials are reacting to today's protests at the Capitol in Washington D.C.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 11:43 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2021 11:44 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette residents and Indiana officials are reacting to the protests that turned violent today on Capitol Hill.

As the protests turned to violence, reactions started coming in from senators and other officials.

Resident Susan Schechter is disappointed in the protests.

"I feel sorry for them," Schechter said.

"They're tilting it at our democracy and I feel sorry for all of us that they think that's appropriate."

State senator Ron Alting, who represents the 22nd district also made a statement.

"I absolutely condemn the violent protests at the US Capitol," Alting said.

"This is not in any way, shape, or form the stance that I support. The actions of these individuals are disgraceful, and there should be consequences."

Senator Mike Braun, who initially said he would object to the certification of the electoral ballots, has changed course today and voted against the objection from Arizona. Braun was asked about the protests today.

"terrible what occurred. 100% against any of the violence and rioting and it should never be tolerated," Braun said.

His fellow senator Todd Young also condemned the violence in a tweet.

Eric Holcomb also spoke out against the violence.

"It's both saddening and sickening to watch a mob devolve into thinking their rules would ever replace the rule of law," Holcomb said.

"I unequivocally condemn the violence at the U.S. Capitol that we are now witnessing."

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