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Al Simpson On The Capitol Mob: "It Is An Assault On Democracy"

Alan Simpson

On Wednesday, pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., stopping the counting of the electoral vote and forcing House and Senate members, as well as staff and journalists, to evacuate.

Counting the electoral college vote was the last hurdle for President-elect Joe Biden to take office ahead of Inauguration Day. Former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Al Simpson expressed dismay as angry supporters flooded the Capitol being forced to lockdown.

"I am saddened by what is going on with the chaos in Washington," said Simpson. "It's very, very sad to me. And it's an assault on democracy."

Simpson said he's disappointed that newly sworn-in Sen. Cynthia Lummis said she was going to oppose the electoral vote certification, while Sen. John Barrasso said he will vote to certify the Electoral College results.

"It really pits our two senators, as they begin their time together, it pits them both against each other, which is very sad too," said Simpson.

Simpson, who served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years, said he has never seen anything like this before.


Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. She has won a regional Murrow award for her reporting on mental health and firearm owners. During her time leading the Wyoming Public Media newsroom, reporters have won multiple PMJA, Murrow and Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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