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Oklahoma leaders react to deadly Capitol riots

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US Capitol Building

A large Pro-Trump mob entered the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, which caused members of Congress to evacuate while they were certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

According to CNN, multiple police officers were injured and at least one person was shot and killed. 

Many local leaders reacted to these events via social media and other outlets:

Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce

Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce released a series of tweets expressing his thoughts on the day's events. Here's what he said in the tweets:

"In a time of profound disruption of American life, today's events stand out as truly unprecedented and deeply troubling. Our nation has endured 245 years as the world's beacon of self-governance due to our shared commitments to the rule of law and peaceful transitions of power. 

The actions of a group of terrorists at the Capitol today are utterly disgraceful and as anti-American as can be. I am thankful for the work of law enforcement and continue to pray for their safety and that of Capitol representatives, staff, and innocent bystanders.

Importantly, these heinous action cannot overshadow our nation's widespread and continued faith in the ideals of democracy, but they do reflect a distressing failure of civic responsibility, community values, and positive leadership.

There is much talk of who's to blame, and those responsible for today must be held fully responsible. But we also need to ask the important question of who will be willing to do the work to reestablish our shared belief in the American values of respect, justice, and equality.

Who among us will embrace the difficult work of mutual empathy and cooperation? Who will be willing to set aside their partisan ideology for the common good? Will we see this ugly moment as the start of a wider rift or as the rallying cry for a more unified and positive nation?

I want to be part of the solution, and I know most of you do too. We can't leave that up to national politicians (though we could sure use their help). We have to address these issues locally, in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes.

We can start by rejecting the harsh rhetoric and confrontation that has fully overtaken our public discourse. We can start by finding common ground with people with whom we disagree. We can start by taking a break from the news and calling up a neighbor to see how they're doing.

Let us not be defined by the appalling actions of a few. Let us instead use this day of infamy to turn our communities toward a more hopeful and positive future."

OSU President Burns Hargis

Gov. Kevin Stitt

Sen. Jim Inhofe

Rep. Frank Lucas

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt

Sen. James Lankford

Rep. Markwayne Mullin

Attorney General Mike Hunter

“The violence at the U.S. Capitol is appalling and unacceptable. I echo the sentiments of Vice President Mike Pence, who said ‘peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’

“I hope Oklahomans join me in praying for those hurt in today’s attack on the Capitol, the safety of those attempting to restore order and pray for peace and healing for our nation.”

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