For the first time since violent protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Kentucky’s U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell addressed his fellow lawmakers, sharply condemning the actions by supporters of President Donald Trump.McConnell, the current Senate Majority Leader reopened the proceedings for the Electoral College certification Wednesday evening, hours after the Capitol was forced under a lockdown and the National Guard was brought in to control the crowds.The Kentucky senator didn’t mince words when it was time to discuss the events that occurred in the nation’s Capitol. McConnell said he and his fellow lawmakers will not be intimidated by “thugs, mobs or threats.””The United States and the United States Congress have faced down much greater threats than the unhinged crowd than we saw today,” McConnell said. “We’ve never been deterred before, and will (not be) deterred today.”McConnell continued: “They tried to disrupt our democracy, they failed. They failed. They’ve failed to attempt to obstruct the Congress. This failed insurrection only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our republic.”McConnell, who was re-elected to another term in November, said he and his fellow lawmakers will complete the certification process for President-elect Joe Biden.The protesters were egged on for weeks by Trump, who since the November presidential election had launched a barrage of false attacks on the integrity of the results. While rallying his supporters outside the White House Wednesday morning, he urged them to march to the Capitol. But later — hours after they fought police and breached the building — he told them in a video that although they were “very special people” and he backed their cause, they should “go home in peace.”Lawmakers in both parties made clear they were determined to finish the count following the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Around 6 p.m., officials declared the U.S. Capitol complex “secure” after heavily armed police moved to end the nearly four-hour violent occupation of Trump’s supporters.McConnell, in his statement Wednesday night, said “criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress.”Watch the video in the player above to hear more from McConnell.

For the first time since violent protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Kentucky’s U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell addressed his fellow lawmakers, sharply condemning the actions by supporters of President Donald Trump.

McConnell, the current Senate Majority Leader reopened the proceedings for the Electoral College certification Wednesday evening, hours after the Capitol was forced under a lockdown and the National Guard was brought in to control the crowds.

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The Kentucky senator didn’t mince words when it was time to discuss the events that occurred in the nation’s Capitol. McConnell said he and his fellow lawmakers will not be intimidated by “thugs, mobs or threats.”

“The United States and the United States Congress have faced down much greater threats than the unhinged crowd than we saw today,” McConnell said. “We’ve never been deterred before, and will (not be) deterred today.”

McConnell continued: “They tried to disrupt our democracy, they failed. They failed. They’ve failed to attempt to obstruct the Congress. This failed insurrection only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our republic.”

McConnell, who was re-elected to another term in November, said he and his fellow lawmakers will complete the certification process for President-elect Joe Biden.

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The protesters were egged on for weeks by Trump, who since the November presidential election had launched a barrage of false attacks on the integrity of the results. While rallying his supporters outside the White House Wednesday morning, he urged them to march to the Capitol. But later — hours after they fought police and breached the building — he told them in a video that although they were “very special people” and he backed their cause, they should “go home in peace.”

Lawmakers in both parties made clear they were determined to finish the count following the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Around 6 p.m., officials declared the U.S. Capitol complex “secure” after heavily armed police moved to end the nearly four-hour violent occupation of Trump’s supporters.

McConnell, in his statement Wednesday night, said “criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress.”

Watch the video in the player above to hear more from McConnell.

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