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GOP Congressman: ‘This Is A Coup Attempt’

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger called the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to protest the results of the election a “coup attempt.”

Kinzinger, who is one of the few House Republicans who has openly criticized President Donald Trump, issued the tweet as rioters with pro-Trump flags breached the Capitol, where lawmakers gathered to verify votes for the Electoral College.

Capitol police reportedly deployed tear gas as demonstrators broke into the building. Lawmakers were also urged to shelter inside their offices during the breach. Congressional staffers were also forced to evacuate over reports of a pipe bomb in the House Cannon building.

Vice President Mike Pence and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the president pro tempore, were removed to an unspecified location.

The breach was an offshoot of a rally held outside the Capitol aimed at forcing Congress to challenge the results of the Electoral College. A group of around a dozen Republican senators, led by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have planned to object to the certification of the Electoral College results.

Hours before the demonstrators stormed the Capitol, Pence told Congress that he does not have the power to overturn the election results as President Trump and many of his supporters had hoped.

Trump criticized Pence on Twitter, saying that he “didn’t have the courage” to overturn the election results.

Trump also called for his supporters to “stay peaceful” following reports that they had entered the Capitol.

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  1. “Coup attempt.” Riggght. He is as dumb as you are for posting your article talking about this. We had no weapons. One policeman with an M4 could’ve mowed down hundreds of people easily. Coup attempt, what stupidity!

  2. Coup? Who were these villains trying to overthrow? President Trump? That’s silly, we love him. Against Biden? That’s stupid. he’s not president yet. I think it was just some Antifa thugs looking for trouble. Not a very smart GOP politician we have. Not very nice either. Hope he decides not to run again.

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