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‘Completely indefensible’: Read MassGOP’s statement on the pro-Trump riot inside the Capitol building

"We must join together to reaffirm our deep and abiding respect for our nation’s laws."

Protestors on the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The Capitol building was placed on lockdown, with senators and members of the House locked inside their chambers, as Congress began debating President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. President Trump addressed supporters near the White House before protesters marched to Capitol Hill. (Jason Andrew/The New York Times) Jason Andrew/The New York Times

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Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons has issued a statement on the rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday to protest Joe Biden’s election, calling the actions “completely indefensible.”

The violence came as lawmakers met to certify Biden as the 46th president, and ultimately left four dead, including a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, according to The Washington Post.

Lyons released the following statement as the scene was still unfolding Wednesday afternoon:

“All Americans must stand together for our Constitution, for our representative form of government, and for our laws and law enforcement officers.

“As chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, I unequivocally condemn any attempt to disrupt our precious and irreplaceable Constitutional order. Sadly, we are witnessing a breach of lawful order on Capitol Hill that is completely indefensible under any circumstances.

“We must join together to reaffirm our deep and abiding respect for our nation’s laws, as our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag so gloriously proclaims our fidelity ‘to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.’”

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