Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was sworn in to the U.S. House of representatives on Sunday, spoke with members of the press following yesterday’s events in Washington D.C. When the protests began, Miller-Meeks was on the House floor debating the electoral votes for Arizona, which was expected to be one of a handful of states Republicans are contesting. Saying “This is a sad day for all of us,” Miller-Meeks was ushered into a safe place as protestors stormed the Capitol during Congress’ joint session of reading the Electoral College votes.
Protests against President Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden erupted early Wednesday afternoon, and protestors overran Capitol police to get inside the building and reach both the House and Senate chambers. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is 4th in line for the presidency as President Pro tem was a part of the electoral count in that chamber, also decried the violence in and around the Capitol.