Butterfield, Murphy, Tillis tweet they are safe as chaos, violence marks Electoral College proceedings

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G.K. Butterfield, left, and Greg Murphy (Campaign photos)

WASHINGTON (WNCT) — Congressmen G.K. Butterfield and Greg Murphy posted to Twitter that they were safe after violence broke out during the Electoral College proceedings on Wednesday.

The violence began shortly after the 1 p.m. proceedings to certify Joe Biden as the president-elect via the Electoral College votes. There were reports of shots fired, protesters breeched the Capitol and members of Congress were rushed to safety.

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Butterfield and Murphy said they were both safe and condemned the violence.

“I am safe and monitoring the violent uprising that is ongoing at the U.S. Capitol complex. Please pray for our country,” Butterfield said in the tweet.

“Thankfully, my staff and I are safe at the moment,” Murphy said in a tweet. “Americans have a fundamental right to protest, but I categorically condemn the violence taking place at the Capitol right now.”

He later posted an update to Twitter and sent out a press release where he condemned the actions in Washington.

“Let me first and foremost, in the strongest way possible, condemn the anarchy and violence that has beset our Capitol today,” said Murphy. “As I have said many times peaceful protests are one of the most meaningful foundations of our democracy. However violence like today or any type of violence like looting and burning in protest is not to be tolerated.

“We were having meaningful debate in the House chamber regarding beliefs about the United States Constitution and possible violations of it by certain states. That meaningful dialogue has now been destroyed and marred by this of violence. This is not how America operates. I am ashamed of this horrible behavior.”

Other representatives also posted updates to Twitter, including US Sen. Thom Tillis and NC Congressman Richard Hudson.

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