Oregon senator's laptop stolen, office trashed at U.S. Capitol
Extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Jan. 6 left with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's laptop, after trashing his office.
Merkley, who represents Oregon, reported he and his staff were "safe" shortly after protesters breached security and entered the federal building while Congress was in the process of certifying the electoral college votes to confirm Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.
Later that evening, the Oregon senator shared video on his Twitter page, noting the intruders entered his office, stole a laptop computer and "trashed" the room while senators were sheltering in a safe location.
The trail of destruction and looting. What happened today was an assault by the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol, but it was also an assault on our constitution.— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 7, 2021
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"They stole the laptop that was sitting on the table next to the telephone," Merkley said, panning around the room to show video. "The hooligans who attacked the Capitol smashed the door off its hinges. It was unlocked. They could have simply opened the door."
The Oregon senator showed an art print from a Chinese calligraphy artist torn down and a Trump flag, as well as cigarette butts left in his office by those who broke in.
Merkley also shared a photo of electoral college ballots secured in boxes that were whisked away from the Senate floor by staffers amid the chaos.
"If our capable floor staff hadn't grabbed them, they would have been burned by the mob," Merkley stated.
He condemned the lies regarding November's election results and the actions of not only the mob of terrorists, but those of the sitting president and his supporters, whose words and defiance incited Wednesday's insurrection at the Capitol.
Trump told supporters Wednesday "you will never take back our country with weakness," shortly before the attack at the Capitol.
Shortly before protesters were able to rush police and break in, President Trump invited his supporters to march down to the Capitol, to object to the counting of electoral college votes. During the process, some lawmakers objected to the vote count early on.
"That's what we heard on the floor today. 'We should listen to the mob. And that's why we should stop the election of Joe Biden.' That's exactly wrong," he said.
"It should never have come to this," he added. "It should never. Never. Have come to this."
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