SAN DIEGO — Members of San Diego County’s congressional delegation marked themselves safe Wednesday after they were evacuated when President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Mike Levin (D-49) said he was safe and sheltering in place.
“I am sheltering in place due to multiple threats from suspicious packages and Trump supporters storming the Capitol, but I am safe. I am incredible grateful for the brave Capitol Police officers trying to keep us safe.”
Levin who spoke with FOX 5 by phone from an undisclosed location within the capitol, said everyone who breached the halls of the Capitol should be held accountable:
“It’s disgraceful. It’s so sad to me to see this in the United States. I never thought I would see it, and it comes a few days after we all took the oath of office just support and defend the constitution. It’s something I think that I and most of my colleagues take very seriously.”
Rep. Juan Vargas (D-51) also said he and his staff were safe.
“I am here today to fulfill my constitutional duty and certify President-elect Biden’s historic victory. My staff and I are safe. We are asking Americans to stand together for the rule of law and integrity of our nation’s democracy.”
“This is not democracy that you’re seeing. That’s anarchy out there,” Vargas said in a video posted to his Twitter.
Also reached by phone later Wednesday, the congressman detailed the frightening moments in which he and his staff gathered makeshift weapons in case they were needed:
“We started looking around for things that we could take with us to defend ourselves. Interestingly, the flags were the first thing because flags have a long stick with a very sharp point at the top I was like, ‘This is unbelievable, that’s what we have to do.’ I said, ‘I was sent here by the people because the constitution demands that their vote be counted – it’s got to be counted and if we have to fight to do that that’s what we’ll do.’”
“I’m safe. Thanks for the texts. More later,” Rep. Scott Peters (D-52) tweeted.
Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-53) confirmed she and her staff were safe and advised people to stay away.
“My staff and I are safe. The Capitol complex remains on lockdown and everyone should stay clear of the area.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-50) said, “The violence we saw today is totally inexcusable. Nothing justifies it, and I condemn it in the strongest way possible. Everyone protesting in the Capitol should leave immediately.”