Maryland politicians decry violence at U.S. Capitol; lieutenant governor says president committed an ‘impeachable offense’

Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland’s Republican lieutenant governor said GOP President Donald Trump’s inciting of violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was an “impeachable offense.”

As pictures of people storming into the U.S. Capitol building splashed repeatedly across television screens, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford posted on Twitter: “Impeachable offense to incite violence as @realDonaldTrump has done.”

Rutherford was among a chorus of Maryland elected officials to swiftly condemn the violence that led to the evacuation of members of Congress, employees and journalists from the Capitol.

Gov. Larry Hogan said he was sending state troopers and preparing the Maryland National Guard to help in the nation’s capital.

“All Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation’s Capitol. This is a heinous and violent assault on the heart of our democracy. I will not stand for this, and neither should any American,” Hogan, a Republican, said in a statement.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, a Democrat, called the violent actions “an attack on our democracy” and said he called District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser.

This article will be updated.