Bay Area Reacts: ‘This is terrorism. This is chaos and violence incited by Trump’

People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as Congress was confirming Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

The Senate has recessed its debate over an objection to the results of the Electoral College after protesters forced police to lock down the building. Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear. Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back. AP News reported the skirmishes came just shortly after President Donald Trump addressed thousands of his supporters, riling up the crowd with his baseless claims of election fraud.

Bay Area leaders quickly went to social media to voice their concerns about the Capitol Hill Riots. The leaders include: Governor Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney and KGO hosts Chip Franklin, Nikki Medoro, Mark Thompson and Pat Thurston.

Governor Gavin Newsom shared his thoughts on Twitter.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted:

San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted:

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo released a full statement in regards to today’s actions.

San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney voiced his concerns.

KGO’s Chip Franklin, Nikki Medoro, Mark Thompson and Pat Thurston shared their thoughts.

Nikki Medoro tweeted:

Mark Thompson and Pat Thurston both retweeted videos of police officers taking selfies with protestors, a noticeably different response than how officers acted with Black Lives Matter protestors.

Mark Thompson also tweeted the following:

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