WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Texas Representative Pat Fallon shared a story about U.S. Representatives helping Capitol Police defend the House Chambers on Wednesday.
They were in the middle of a debate when Capitol Police came into the chamber to inform them about a breach in the Capitol Building. The mob reached the doors of the House Chamber soon after evacuations began.
Fallon says the police were short handed and he, Rep. Tony Gonzalez, Rep. Ronny Jackson, Rep. Troy Nehls, Rep. Mark Wayne Mullin and Congressman Ken Buck stepped up to help.
According to Fallon’s Facebook post, the representatives broke off pieces of furniture to make clubs to help in the defense. They then helped barricade the doors with a large piece of furniture before the glass shattered in front of them.
The Representatives and Congressman made it to a safe and undisclosed location following these events.
Fallon released the following statement in response to the attack:
“As a strong supporter of our nation’s police forces, I sincerely thank the U.S. Capitol Police for their bravery and valor in keeping Members and staff safe,” said Fallon. “Violence and destruction have no place in the United States’ electoral process and I unequivocally reject the actions taken at the Capitol.”
“While accountability and transparency in our electoral system is of paramount concern, I do not believe the actions taken today by a select few reflect the spirit of our great nation and I urge all involved to stand down immediately,” said Fallon.
Jackson also released a statement in response to the attack:
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol today is a stain on our nation,” said Jackson. “American heroes have died on battlefields all over this world to protect our freedoms and allow peaceful debate in this very building. That was taken away from us. Those involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“Thank you to the brave U.S. Capitol Police officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and restore order,” said Jackson. “I also want to thank the many constituents who have reached out to me concerning the safety of myself, my family, and my staff. We are safe, but I ask that you keep our country and U.S. Capitol Police officers injured in today’s attack in your prayers.”
“The Constitution protects our right to peacefully protest injustices, but violence has no place in our civic discourse. America is better than this,” said Jackson.