WASHINGTON, DC – PA lawmakers reacted to the the unrest at the U.S. Capitol yesterday.

Area Congressman Scott Perry said, “ Today in DC should have been about meaningful debate, peaceful protest and the Rule of Law — not chaos and talks of coups. I unequivocally condemn any violence and criminal acts taking place, and pray for a restoration of peace. The violence in our Capitol today was heartbreaking, unacceptable, unhelpful, and un-American.”

Area Congressman Lloyd Smucker said, “ I am horrified by the violence and destruction at the Capitol. This is not who we are as a country.”

Sen. Pat Toomey said, “This is an absolute disgrace.”

PA House Speaker, Lancaster County Rep. Bryan Cutler and House Majority Leader, Centre County Rep. Kerry Benninghoff issued a statement saying “Any act of violence or destruction is a crime and should be treated as such. An objection to the electoral process is within the rights of members of Congress and has been exercised by members from both sides of the aisle at different times in our nation’s history. However, that process leads to debate and dialogue, not violence and mayhem. We strongly condemn any act of violence and destruction and pray for all those impacted today.”

Gov. Tom Wolf called the actions an attempted coup saying, “The actions of Republicans in Pennsylvania and across the country have led to violence. It is their fault. It is past time for Republicans to stop lying and tell their supporters the truth. President Trump lost. The election was fair. President Trump received fewer votes. That’s it.”