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Special Podcast: SA lawmakers describe storming of the Capitol as it happens

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Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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SAN ANTONIO - Randy Beamer put together this special edition of our San Antonio's Voice podcast. It includes extended interviews with San Antonio area congress members and others, some while they were in lockdown. What they saw, how they felt, who they blame, what happens next, and what it could mean for San Antonio.

Rep. Joaquin Castro:

You know, the president basically has inspired a coup attempt. I don't know of any other way to describe it, but that the President of the United States has inspired people to take over the house in the senate chambers have the most powerful, most prosperous, longest standing democracy in our world.
And a lot of the people out there are peaceful people, right? They're just protesting. They disagree. It's fine. You can disagree. You have a First Amendment right to do that. But obviously there's also a crowd of people who are insurrectionist, who are literally insurrection, trying to take over the control of the legislative branch of government today,

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

It’s just a shocking and tragic day for America. We could see tear gas earlier. It is just the natural result of the president feeding a diet of lies day after day to his supporters. And today even condemning his vice president, I don't think there's anyone who's been more loyal to him, condemning him for following his constitutional duty. We have to turn this around. And I hope that this is one of those situations where having hit rock bottom, more Americans are out there saying we've got to find a way to work together and move forward. And we have to reject the hate and encouragement of violence. And sedition, as far as I'm concerned that this President is responsible for.

Rep. Chip Roy

I will not be voting to reject the electors, and that vote may well sign my political death warrant. But so be it. I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and I will not bend its words into contortions for personal political expediency.

Former Rep. Will Hurd

I've spent almost a decade as an undercover officer in dangerous places. And, you know, I was at an embassy that almost got overrun in Pakistan, I was at an embassy that got bombed in Afghanistan, you know, I've expected to see that in some of those places and places that are war zones, not in our nation's capital.


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