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Kansas congressional delegation condemns storming of Capitol



TOPEKA, Kan.— Members of the Kansas congressional delegation condemned Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, including Republicans who objected to the certification of Trump’s election loss.

Republican Sen. Roger Marshall tweeted a statement calling the chaos at the U.S. Capitol that interrupted Congress’ counting of electoral votes “unreasonable and unacceptable.” Marshall had joined other Republican senators in backing a longshot effort to challenge Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

GOP Sen. Jerry Moran, the only Republican in the state’s congressional delegation to support certifying Biden’s victory, called the violence in Washington unacceptable and “unpatriotic.”

Republican Rep. Tracey Mann also called the storming of the Capitol unacceptable, and GOP Rep. Ron Estes said, “Violence of any kind is unacceptable.”

Republican Rep. Jake LaTurner called the violence “un-American” and said it was an “utter betrayal” of the freedom to assemble peacefully.

The lone Democrat in the Kansas delegation, Rep. Sharice Davids, called Wednesday “a dark day for our country.”

“It’s unacceptable that we have a President who has repeatedly condoned and even encouraged this despicable behavior,” she tweeted.

In Kansas, the state Republican Party and GOP state Attorney General Derek Schmidt also condemned the violence, with Schmidt calling it “sickening” and “shameful.”