Governor Gavin Newsom canceled a press briefing on Covid-19 “out of caution”, calling the chaos “reprehensible and an outright attack on our democracy and democratic institutions”.
“We always knew that this responsibility would drag us into the night,” wrote Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco in a letter urging her colleagues to meet again on Wednesday night after the crowd, whipped by the aggrieved president , delayed the official Election 2020 certification for more than six hours. “We also knew we would be part of history.”
There was also fear: Ms Pelosi, a frequent target of the president and his supporters, wrote that the episode presented a “shameful image of our country” which was “provoked at the highest level”. The dispatch left a safe place, where security guards had taken her and other members of Congress after the majestic government building turned into chaos.
In his absence, the invaders looted his office for trophies. The Ars Technica website reported that a conservative website host The Blaze tweeted and then deleted photos from Ms Pelosi’s office, rejoicing that “the emails are still on screen with a federal alert warning members of the current revolution.
Another intruder was photographed with his feet on his desk. “WE’RE NOT COMING BACK,” read the note he left, scribbled on a manila paper file. He later stood outside the Capitol, his shirt open and his chest bare, and boasted to my colleague Matthew Rosenberg to pick up his government stationery. He insisted he hadn’t stolen it, saying, “I left a quarter on his desk.”
California Republicans also decried the crowd, some later than others. Only two of the Republicans in the State House – Representatives Young Kim from Orange County and Tom McClintock from Elk Grove – had made it clear before Wednesday that they would certify the election, ignoring the president’s pleas.
Earlier this week, Representative Mike Garcia, who represents the high desert areas of northern Los Angeles County, echoed the president’s misinformation in an editorial, saying “fraud must be stamped out.” Wednesday in the middle of the afternoon it was Tweeter: “This behavior is not patriotism. It is sedition.