GOP lawmaker on violence at Capitol: 'This is a coup attempt'

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerRepublicans, please save your party House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (R-Ill.) condemned the violence at the Capitol on Wednesday, calling the demonstrations by President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE's supporters “a coup attempt.”

The GOP lawmaker, who has been vocal about his opposition to challenging the Electoral College results, slammed the demonstrators entering the Capitol. 

“This is a coup attempt,” Kinzinger posted. 


His tweet comes as the U.S. Capitol Police locked down the Capitol building and evacuated multiple congressional buildings as the demonstrations became increasingly more violent. 

Protesters breached the Capitol building shortly after 2 p.m., leading the House and the Senate to temporarily stop their debates on the Electoral College certification. 

Vice President Pence was removed from the Senate amid the unrest. Lawmakers have been instructed to get down in their chairs, and the doors of the House chamber were locked. 


Trump called his supporters to rally in Washington, D.C., on the day Congress was slated to certify the Electoral College vote that designates Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE as president-elect.

He spoke earlier Wednesday at a protest and acknowledged that rallygoers were going to march toward the Capitol to encourage lawmakers not to certify the vote.

"I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically, make your voices heard today," he said.