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U.S. Congressman Andy Barr

Many state and local leaders -- Democratic and Republican -- condemned the actions of those in Washington D.C. on Wednesday afternoon shortly after a mob swarmed the building and disrupted proceedings.

Rep. Andy Barr who was evacuated from the House floor on Wednesday afternoon was one of the first local leaders to condemn the actions of the protestors.

His office released a statement that called the actions of those in the U.S. Capitol "devastating, tragic and outrageous."

"(The actions) are wholly inconsistent with the fundamental values of our constitutional Republic," Barr said in a statement. "The United States is an exceptional nation because we resolve our differences peacefully--through the ballot box, the courts and our democratic institutions--not through violence. What is happening at the Capitol is NOT who we are as a nation, it needs to stop NOW. I pray for peace, unity and the brave men and women of the Capitol Hill Police, the Washington D.C. Police and peaceful protesters in harm's way. May God bless our country."

On Wednesday, thousands of pro-Trump supporters breached the Capitol in Washington D.C. in efforts to thwart a peaceful transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.

Protestors entered the House floor as Congress members were evacuated in gas masks pausing the count of the Electoral College. One woman was shot in the chest on the House floor and later died from her injuries.

Barr and other Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul and Attorney General Daniel Cameron, also released statements calling for a stop to the violent protests.

Paul released a statement on Twitter that called the actions, "mayhem."

"Violence and mob rule is wrong and un-American, and it will not bring about election reform. Today's mayhem sets back any intelligent debate for a generation. Just stop it," Paul tweeted.

In addition, Cameron condemned the actions at the Capitol that unfolded into the evening.

"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," Cameron wrote.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles also issued a statement saying, "There's peaceful protests, and then there is what we are witnessing. It is unacceptable. I condemn the scene at the Capitol and hope all those who care about the rule of law join me in doing so. I'm praying for our country."

Chairman Mac Brown of the Republican Party of Kentucky labeled protestors as an "angry mob."

"We denounce the angry mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol today and condemn them in the strongest possible terms. Violence is never acceptable and has no place in our Democracy. The individuals engaged in this criminal behavior are dangerous and destructive and should be held fully accountable. We want to thank the brave men and women of law enforcement who are protecting our leaders and pray for a quick and peaceful end to this situation," Brown's statement read.

Gov. Andy Beshear called Wednesday a tough day for the country, and said any person involved in the siege was a domestic terrorist.

"Domestic terrorists have stormed and infiltrated our U.S Capitol building -- a building that stands for American Democracy," Beshear began. "And yes, I called them domestic terrorists. When you try to use force and intimidation to get what you want, to overthrow an election, and stop the business of Congress -- yes you are a domestic terrorist."

President-elect Joe Biden went on national television to issue a statement around 4 p.m. and called on President Donald Trump to "end the siege."

"The words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad the president is," Biden said. "At their best, they can inspire. At their worst, they can incite. I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the constitution to demand his men end the siege."

One local leader was in Washington D.C. during the time when the Capitol was stormed.

Newly-elected Richmond City Commissioner Krystin Arnold was in Washington D.C. at the Capitol on Wednesday, but left before rioters broke into the building.

The Richmond City Commission --a non-partisan body -- said they would not release a comment at this time.

The Madison County Democratic Party issued a statement later in the evening expressing "disappointment" that Arnold was at the Capitol and the many rallies on Wednesday.

"We are disappointed that Richmond City Commissioner Krystin Arnold chose to participate in the protest of a legal and fair Presidential election with the goal of overturning the will of voters. We are glad that she is safe, but such actions do not represent everyone in Richmond or Madison County, and they do not help our communities heal from the wounds caused by national partisan politics. We call upon the people of Madison County to reject the politics of hate and stand united in the love of our community and what makes it great," the MCDP said in a statement.

After nearly 1,100 National Guard members were deployed to bring about order in the federal building, President Trump released a video on social media at around 4:20 p.m. in which he told protestors to "Go home now."

However, during his remarks the president continued to press unsubstantiated claims about the Nov. 3 election -- claiming it was "stolen from him" and he "won by a landslide."

"I know your pain, I know you are hurt," he said. "We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to have respect for our great people in law and order. We don't want anyone hurt. It is a very tough period and time. There has never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us. From me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home, we love you, you are very special, you've seen what happens. You see the way others are treated -- so bad and so evil, I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace."

After returning to the chamber to continue the count of the Electoral College votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the mob "failed" to disrupt democracy.

"The United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution for our nation," McConnell said.

"This failed attempt to obstruct the Congress, this failed insurrection, only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our Republic... We assembled this afternoon to count our citizens' votes and formalize their choice of the next president. Now we are going to finish what we started," he continued.

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