Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey told The Associated Press that while he sympathizes with the protesters' position, they shouldn't get violent. (Jan. 6)
JEFF VAN DREW: We saw that there was a breach of the Capitol and that the Congresspeople and also the senators tried to get back, and did get back, to their offices or into safe havens and actually left the floor. We were in the process of discussing the electors and debating, you know, the rule of law and debating the idea that we need to have safe and free elections. And we were well into that issue, which is appropriate, and then all of this started to happen, which was, of course, a great surprise.
It's not the America we know and the America we love, and we don't want to see that. And that is not-- that does not represent most of the people who are involved in that organization. But evidently, there were some people there that were violent, and that's something that is not, and should not, ever be accepted. Period. It's something that we can't do. So that's something that, obviously, I don't agree with.
Why do I think it's happened? Because I think in any organization, unfortunately, sometimes some people can get involved with it that don't understand-- uh-- how they should behave, the rule of law, the importance of not doing things like this, and take the organization to a place where it shouldn't be. And it isn't only happening with this organization. It's happened with others.
Look, everybody understands that uh-- in the election process, people get frustrated. People get aggravated. But that does not ever, ever, ever condone violence. Violence is something that is not acceptable or isn't necessary in our country. And that's what we want to make sure-- that's why the importance of, even the meeting today, to make sure that in America people always feel that elections are the way that they make change, not through violence. Violence is the way that other countries do it, not the United States of America.