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Rep. Susie Lee in Washington, D.C., during protest at U.S. Capitol

Posted at 9:12 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 09:19:03-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — When police and protesters clashed in the nation’s capital, many representatives and national leaders were forced to lock-down and stop election proceedings.

For the first time, 13 Action News is hearing from a Nevada representative who was in Washington, D.C., as the protest unfolded.

“It’s a dangerous day for our country and we have a lot of healing to do,” says Congresswoman Susie Lee.

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It was a long day on Capitol Hill for Nevada Rep. Susie Lee, as it began, unlike most others.

“Normally I ride my bike or walk to work, but I was driven by one of my staffers with the intention that I was going to be here all day,” says Lee.

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Outside, there was chaos as Trump supporters stormed into the U.S. Capitol and one person was killed.

Congresswoman Lee called Wednesday one of the most shameful days in our nation’s history.

“When you saw that breach it was much more than we anticipated would be happening,” says Lee.

Some 2,000 miles to the west, Stop the Steal protesters made their presence known in downtown Las Vegas and outside the Clark County Elections Department.

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Congresswoman Lee says despite the unrest, the due process of the election will move forward.

“I’m more determined than ever to make sure that we stay here and get this election certified,” says Lee. “On January 20, we should swear in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our president and vice president of the United States.”

Congresswoman Lee tweeted that this is more than protesting, more than rioting and said it was violent extremism.

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Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party Dave Sajdak says he condemns what happened, and believes this violent protest compares to the social injustice movements seen in 2020.

“I think our side, although it’s the law-and-order side, is getting frustrated that we’re not being heard,” says Sajdak.