MIDLAND, Texas (ABC Big 2/Fox 24) – Local political leaders are giving their thoughts about the riot that broke out on the Capitol on Wednesday. Both local Democrats and Republicans said they were stunned to see rioters storming the Capitol.
Republican Congressman August Pfluger said there were people from Midland and Odessa at the Capitol on Wednesday. Pfluger said what happened does not reflect what they stand for.
“The majority of people here including people from the district just wanted to have their voices heard,” Pfluger said. “They were not here to have any sort of violence or rioting or anything like that.”
While Congressman Pfluger said it was a small minority of people causing chaos at the Capitol but local Democrats think differently.
“It is insurrection. They’ve crossed the line. It was not a peaceful protest there can’t be any good excuses,” said Cathy Broadrick, Chair of the Midland Democratic Party.
Broadrick said she doesn’t blame Republicans for what happened and local Republican Rhonda Lacy said all those involved need to be held accountable.
“We don’t do things in violence,” Lacy said. We are passionate, we have great rallies, we go out and support our candidates and encourage people to vote but don’t do it with violence at all.”
Local residents like John Mook believe protesters should have their voices heard too, but not with chaos.
“I just don’t think people need to come out and just get really rowdy and stuff like that,” Mook said. “I mean peaceful protest is what our country is supposed to be about.”
And Mook hopes this will serve as lesson to our nation, to try to come together.
“Quit trying to hurt everybody that doesn’t agree with you and calm the rhetoric down some.”