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“I can’t defend that”: Congressman Mike Bost condemns riots, pushes for smooth transition of power

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(WSIL) -- On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 a group of President Donald Trump supporters stormed into the U.S. Capitol Building.

U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) has supported President Trump, but Friday he condemned the actions of that mob.

"There were people trying to defend breaking into the Capitol, and I can't defend that. I can't," stated Congressman Bost.


Bost was in his Washington office when the protesters approached the Capitol building. He and members of his staff were across the street at the Longworth Building when the situation at the Capitol escalated.

"It was at that moment that there came a pretty desperate call from one of the police officers on the west steps 'We're being overrun, we need assistance' and it was at that time that I head a flash grenade go off and I turned to my staff and said, no we're going to return to our office."

Bost and his staff watched the ensuing chaos unfold on television. At no time was the Longworth Building in danger.


However, the incident at the Capitol Building left one protester dead from a gunshot fired by police. Three others died from health emergencies and Friday a Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick, died from wound inflicted by protesters.

"From what I understand, the police officer was one of the President's supporters, but he was going his job, as were all of our police officers there on Capitol Hill."

Bost says while all Americans have the right to "peacefully protest," the actions Wednesday cannot be condoned.

"The people who argue 'It's the people's house, it is the people's house, all people, don't damage the other people's house or your house."


In the wake of the melee, some lawmakers have called for the impeachment of President Trump or invoking the 25th Amendment.

Congressman Bost says that will only further fuel the fires of discontent and division.

"It's 12 days! If we want all sides to calm down, then all sides calm down. Let's make the transition of power and let's go back to work and see where we're going from here."


Bost says now is the time for the nation to move forward and health from this wound and find ways to peacefully debate issues.

"And no one stepping across that line is justified in doing so, whether it is from the left or whether it is from the right. That is no how we do things in these United States. We have been a beacon to other nations and know this, what also bothers me, is that other nations have watched what's taken place."

Congressman Mike Bost says the nation must also work to restore confidence in the American people that we have free, open and fair elections.

Mark Kiesling

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