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Oklahoma leaders speak out against demonstration at U.S. Capitol

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 17:06:23-05

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma leaders are speaking out against the demonstration at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Wednesday and at least one person was shot after a gun was fired inside the building. The National Guard, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security are responding to the situation.

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In a Facebook caption, Governor Kevin Stitt called for the demonstration to stop immediately.

"I have always protected and supported the right for peaceful demonstration but we cannot stand for violence," Stitt said. "What is happening at the U.S. Capitol right now is unacceptable and needs to stop immediately. This is not what America is about. Praying for the safety of all."

On social media, Bynum called the chaotic situation at the Capitol a "disgrace."

"What is happening at our United States Capitol right now is a disgrace. It is an attempt at intimidating the lawful processes of our country, and it will fail," Bynum said. "But in the mean time, I’m praying for the police officers tasked with protecting our Capitol and for all of the staffers and elected representatives who are trying to serve our country in that building."

Attorney General Mike Hunter called the demonstration at the Capitol "appalling and unacceptable," and he called on Oklahomans join together in prayer.

“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,'" Hunter said. "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.”

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