GOP lawmakers plead for calm, urge Trump to help restore order amid Capitol violence

Republican lawmakers called on President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE to restore order Wednesday as the president's supporters breached the Capitol, halting Congress's review of the Electoral College results. 

House and Senate lawmakers had met in a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes showing President-elect Joe Biden’s win, but pro-Trump protesters stormed their way into the Capitol during the congressional gathering, in which Vice President Pence was present.

Pence, and later other lawmakers, were evacuated.

ADVERTISEMENT

Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization MORE (R) tweeted to Trump that "the men & women of law enforcement are under assault."

"It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down," Rubio said.

Republican Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherBipartisan House group introduces legislation to set term limit for key cyber leader 20,000 Afghan evacuees housed at military bases in five states: report Absent Democrats give Republicans new opening on Afghanistan MORE (Wis.) told CNN that he hasn't "seen anything like this since I was in Iraq in 2007-09."

"The president needs to call it off. Call it off. It's over," Gallagher told the network. 

Trump spoke to supporters earlier on the National Mall on Wednesday, repeating falsehoods about the election being stolen and encouraging them to head towards the Capitol. He also put pressure on Republicans to support his efforts to overturn the results.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE (R-Texas), who was leading a challenge in the Senate to challenge the election results, called for peace after the violence broke out Wednesday. 

ADVERTISEMENT

"Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW. The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong. And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support," Cruz tweeted.

The president called for law and order after the Capitol was breached, but did not explicitly condemn the demonstrations. 

"I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order," the president tweeted.

Prior to that, in a separate tweet, the president called for peace and praised the Capitol Police. 

"Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!

Former Trump chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE said his tweet "was not enough." 

"He can stop this now and needs to do exactly that. Tell these folks to go home," Mulvaney said.