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Nevada politicians react to unrest in Washington, D.C.

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 12:01:43-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon as demonstrators got past law enforcement and breached the building during a joint session to confirm Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

Hundreds of demonstrators initially stormed barricades at the moment Congress was beginning that session to accept the Electoral College votes confirming President-elect Biden’s presidential election win. The session was subsequently halted.

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Several Nevada lawmakers have reacted to the unrest seen in DC, including Rep. Steven Horsford being evacuated from his office.

Rep. Horsford later sent out a statement calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Read the full statement here.

The group took to the U.S. Capitol following a speech from President Donald Trump to his supporters at a March to Save America Rally.

The former US Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on his Twitter account:

Members of Congress inside the House chamber were told by police to put on gas masks after tear gas was dispersed in the Capitol Rotunda amid skirmishes by supporters of President Trump.

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Rep. Dina Titus reported on her Twitter account that she was sheltering in place while "lawless domestic terrorists are attempting to destroy our democracy."

Sen. Jacky Rosen called the actions seen in DC "violent attacks" and what is being seen is "reprehensible." Rosen also wrote on social media that she and her team were safe and "grateful" for the Capitol police.

Nevada Republican Rep. Mark Amodei called Wednesday's actions "shameful" while reporting all of his staff were safe.

Rep. Susie Lee wrote "this is an attack on democracy itself" on her social media account while sharing she and her staff were safe amid.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak objected to the chaos seen at the Capitol Tweeting the actions are "the opposite of patriotic" and he was "praying for the safety of Nevada's federal delegation, all congressional members and staff and law enforcement officers."

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto called what she is seeing in DC "unacceptable" and condemned the violence.

A Stop The Steal event was also held Wednesday morning to support President Donald Trump in Las Vegas.

Participants began arriving at the Ahern Hotel on Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard around 7 a.m. The group said part of their plan was to drive down Las Vegas Boulevard to the federal courthouse downtown.

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