Florida political leaders of all stripes condemned Wednesday’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol by President Trump’s supporters, but top Republicans had nothing to say about Trump’s role in inciting the violence.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, issued a written statement.
“Violence or rioting of any kind is unacceptable and the perpetrators must face the full weight of the law. The Capitol Police do an admirable job and I thank them for their hard work.”
“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,” Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio wrote on Twitter.
“There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy,” he added.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, also a Republican, said in a tweet:
“Everyone has a right to peacefully protest. No one has a right to commit violence. What happened today at the Capitol is disgraceful and un-American. It is not what our country stands for.”
Scott thanked the Capitol Police and “all law enforcement working to keep people safe in DC.”
U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat, blamed President Trump.
“You caused this,” Demings tweeted.
“Stand back and stand by?” “Stop the steal?” We have a criminal president who has incited violence. He wanted this. Our country cannot heal until he and his spineless enablers are held criminally accountable for their actions. Justice demands it,” she continued.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida tweeted that she was safely locked down and urged Trump to “tell your people to stand down.”
She added: My staff and I are safe but sickened. Republicans laid siege to the heart of our Republic. Violence to overturn an election defiles what our nation stands for. Those who foment this subversion of our democracy betray America.”
Nikki Fried, Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a Democrat, issued a written statement.
“The radical attempted overthrow of the U.S. Capitol, the attacks on Capitol Police officers, and the violent threats against those who swore oaths to uphold our Constitution are direct results of the president urging right-wing agitators to ‘stand back and stand by,'” Fried wrote.
“These actions are terrorism and insurrection against the United States of America, and this attack on our country must be met with swift, severe consequences. I am praying for the safety of members of law enforcement, Congress, and Capitol staff,” Fried added.
“The right to protest is very important, but there is absolutely no excuse for attacking law enforcement and destroying property,” Wilton Simpson, the Republican president of the Florida Senate, tweeted.
“In a democracy, rioting, violence and lawlessness are repugnant and unacceptable. This isn’t a peaceful protest. It’s a tragic, cowardly and un-American spectacle,” wrote Chris Sprowls, also a Republican and speaker of the state House.
Gary Farmer, the Democratic leader in the state Senate, tweeted the following:
“1) Trump incites Proud Boys & violent protest. Encourages them to intervene or do whatever necessary to stop vote certification process that takes away his power. Stays silent when they act. His DoD denies National Guard request. How is he not guilty of treason & sedition!?
“2) I don’t say this lightly at all, but it is also time to enact the 25th Amendment and to impeach Trump, again but this time with Senate support, so this traitor can never hold office again.”