Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney

In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Cheney condemned today's violence in the U.S. capitol and criticized President Donald Trump's response. 

Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, reproached President Donald Trump on national television Wednesday afternoon after the president made a video statement on Twitter calling for "peace" while repeating his claim that the election was "stolen" and telling protestors who stormed the U.S. Capitol "we love you."

"We have very deep and clear political differences in this country, but we don't resolve those differences by mob violence, and it doesn't matter what side of those issues you stand on," Cheney told NBC news. "The President of the United States' statement, now, in my view was completely inadequate. What he has done and what he has caused here is something that we've never seen before in our history.

"It's been 245 years," Cheney continued. "And no president has ever failed to concede or agree to leave office after the electoral college has voted."

Wyoming U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis condemned pro-Trump protestors who stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon as the U.S. House and Senate met to certify President-Elect Joe Biden's November Electoral College victory.

"Call it what it is: An attack on the Capitol is an attack on democracy," Lummis tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "Today we are trying to use the democratic process to address grievances. This violence inhibits our ability to do that. Violent protests were unacceptable this summer and are unacceptable now."

Lummis had earlier said she planned to object to the Electoral College vote, joining about a dozen other senators in doing so. The senator's letter cited distrust in the electoral system, which arose after President Donald Trump and his supporters made repeated, unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in statements and court filings. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear those cases, and courts threw out the Trump legal team's lawsuits. Federal election officials said the November election was "the most secure in American history," and U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr said the Justice Department had found no evidence of fraud "on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election."

Lummis, who was sworn in on Jan. 3, was the only member of Wyoming's federal delegation who intended to object to the Electoral College vote confirming President-Elect Joe Biden's win. Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney both said they would respect the results of the vote. Outgoing Sen. Mike Enzi, whom Lummis is replacing, said he respected the results of the vote, as well.

"This violence and destruction have no place in our republic. It must end now," Barrasso said on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, joining his fellow Wyoming delegates in condemning the Capitol storming. 

Kristin Walker, who left Jackson Hole to serve as Lummis' chief of staff, said the senator and her staff were safe for the time being.

"The DC staff are all sheltered in place," she said. "Cynthia was with all the other senators and was moved to an undisclosed location, but they're all safe right now."

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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