Ex-Speaker Boehner after Capitol violence: 'The GOP must awaken'

Ex-Speaker Boehner after Capitol violence: 'The GOP must awaken'
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Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE (R-Ohio) called on the GOP to "awaken" after a pro-Trump mob overtook police and marauded through the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

“I once said the party of Lincoln and Reagan is off taking a nap. The nap has become a nightmare for our nation,” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE tweeted on Thursday.

“The GOP must awaken. The invasion of our Capitol by a mob, incited by lies from some entrusted with power, is a disgrace to all who sacrificed to build our Republic.”

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Rioters seized the Capitol in one of the darkest moments of Wednesday as lawmakers were meeting to count the results of the Electoral College vote that would make Democrat Joe BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE president.

The work was interrupted by the riot, but it continued at 8 p.m. Wednesday and finished early Thursday morning.

Boehner congratulated Biden on his victory hours after the vote was certified.

Trump has not condemned the violence, though he repeatedly urged the protesters to “remain peaceful” on Twitter. Before the siege of the Capitol took place, Trump addressed demonstrators, urging them to “not concede.”

Boehner left the Speakership in 2015 at a time when he was facing pressure from Tea Party-fueled conservatives in the House.