RAGA and the Republican Attorneys General Strongly Condemn Violence and Lawlessness at the U.S. Capitol

Kelly LacoNews

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and the Republican attorneys general (AGs) stand together to condemn the violence, destruction, and rampant lawlessness occurring at the U.S. Capitol today. These actions are an affront to the rule of law, our Constitution, and our American political discourse.

RAGA leadership immediately condemned the anarchy at the U.S. Capitol:

RAGA Chairman Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr: “I support the right of Americans to peacefully protest, but the violence and destruction we are seeing at the U.S. Capitol is unacceptable and un-American. I condemn these actions in the strongest possible sense. You can not support freedom, our Constitution or the rule of law and engage in this type of behavior. Those responsible must be stopped and held accountable. I stand with my Republican attorneys general colleagues in condemning today’s violence just as we condemned the violence engulfing America over the last seven months. Thank you to our brave law enforcement officers on the scene right now who are working diligently to secure the People’s House.”

RAGA Vice-Chairman Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt: “Every American has a right to peacefully protest but violence and lawlessness simply cannot be tolerated. Please join me in praying for the Capitol Police and other law enforcement today in Washington DC.”

RAGA Policy Chairman Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall: “I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of those who today attempted to storm the Capitol, a place where passionate but peaceful protestors had gathered and lawmakers debated inside. Our country is built upon the foundation of the rule of law. American democracy guarantees the right of peaceful protest. Those who chose to engage in violence and anarchy should and will be held accountable under the law.”

“I stand by the brave men and women of law enforcement as they work to restore order. God bless the Capitol Police and all members of law enforcement who, as always, have showed such great courage in protecting their fellow man.”

RAGA Executive Director Adam Piper: “The rule of law is not the rule of lawlessness. The violent actions today at the U.S. Capitol are despicable and anti-American. Over the last seven months, RAGA has consistently condemned political violence across the country, regardless of partisan strife.”

Republican AG Statements:

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich: “This is America. We do not destroy buildings and institutions in order to save them. I encourage everyone to express themselves in a peaceful way and I hope our elected officials will listen to the concerns of the people. We all need to stop the fighting and start the listening.”

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge: “We are a nation of laws. Violence and destruction cannot be tolerated. Peaceful protests are protected but dangerous actions are not. Thank you to the brave law enforcement for always standing in the gap. Join me in praying for our United States.”

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody: “We are a nation founded on a rule of law and respect for those who uphold it. Violence against law enforcement officers attempting to keep the peace is unacceptable and anyone who attacks an officer should be brought to justice.”

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden: “At its core, America is a nation built on the rule of law, not personalities. I condemn today’s acts that sought to override our rule of law, and those whose actions intended to trample the Constitution. There is no place in the United States for the attempted mob rule that occurred at the Capitol. America is the solution to mob rule, it should never be the source of it.”

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill: “I condemned the violent rioting last summer perpetrated by people upset over the death of George Floyd. And I condemn the violent rioting today perpetrated by people upset by the outcome of a presidential election.”

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt: “The lawlessness at the U.S. Capitol today is sickening, shameful, inexcusable and counterproductive. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. This riot, like others before it over the past year, offends the law and order we fight to preserve every day, and it insults the men and women who fought and died for our Constitution and who serve the rule of law. America resolves even our most profound differences through democratic debate, through judicial processes, and sometimes through genuinely peaceful protest, but never through violence.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron: “What is happening on Capitol Hill today is despicable, and I condemn it. We are a country founded on the rule of law. Concerns and grievances are addressed through the political process and through peaceful protests, not violence and anarchy. This must stop.”

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch: “Peaceful protests are a cornerstone of our democracy, but violence and destruction of property are unacceptable. We must continue to support our law enforcement as they protect us. Prayers for unity and peace.”

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson: “Today’s violent assault on our US Capitol is an afront to the principles of our Constitution. We are a nation of laws that are designed to maintain order and protect our freedoms. These freedoms include the right to peacefully protest, but lawlessness by any individual or organization cannot be tolerated. We as a people are better than this. We must live up to the greatness of this nation and not submit to lawless impulses.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost: “The rule of law means the same rules for everybody. Those of us who called for prosecution of the people who stormed the federal courthouse in Portland must apply the same demand to those who stormed the Capitol today.  The color of your skin or the slogan upon your banner do not change what is acceptable and what is not. Let all of us in Ohio remain peaceful. Do not let a sense of injustice produce more injustice.”

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter: “The violence at the U.S. Capitol is appalling and unacceptable. I echo the sentiments of Vice President Mike Pence, who said ‘peaceful protest is the right of every American, but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated, and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“I hope Oklahomans join me in praying for those hurt in today’s attack on the Capitol, the safety of those attempting to restore order, and pray for peace and healing for our nation.”

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson: “As I watch events unfold at the U.S. Capitol, I am deeply saddened. Peaceful protests and the expression of political beliefs are fundamentally American. However, violence undermines the intended cause of any protest and should never be tolerated. We must come together as a nation, not fracture in lawlessness.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: “I call on protesters in our state and our nation’s Capital to practice their constitutional right in a peaceful manner. I stand for election integrity and the democratic process. I will not tolerate violence and civil disorder.”

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes: “I condemn, in the strongest terms, the acts of violence at our nation’s Capital Building today. I pray for the safety of law enforcement working to keep order, for legislators of all parties as well as other civilians who are protesting peacefully. There is no place for violence in our political discourse, even over the most serious issues and disagreements. We are a nation of laws. This is not how Conservatives and Republicans behave. This is absolutely unacceptable.”

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey: “First amendment expression should always be welcomed. Violence must not be tolerated. All Americans should speak with one voice against breaching the Capitol.”

“We should penalize those who breached the Capitol and broke our laws today to the fullest extent possible. We are a Republic and must oppose the lunatics who resort to violence to achieve their ends. Focus, people. What happened today is not okay on any level.”