US Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) called the pro-Trump protesters that attacked Capital Hill on Wednesday "domestic terrorists."
“I don’t know what their motives are,” Jackson said. “I don’t really care at this point. I think that we will be able to identify them. You know, unfortunately, one of them was killed. There were several of the injured and arrested. But I don’t care what their motives were, who they represent. As far as I’m concerned, they’re domestic terrorists. And this is not the way that we handled things in this country.“
Jackson discribed what took place in the House chamber before lawmakers were evacuated.
“A couple of police officers in there said, help us, let’s get some furniture and put it in front of the door,” Jackson said. “So we started just find it furniture in their big cabinets and stuff and just several of us just started picking up furniture and piling in front of the door to try to stop them from coming through.”
“For all practical purposes, we didn’t have anywhere to go. and it looked like they were going to be entering the chamber any minute,” Jackson said. “So there were four or five of us there that said, hey, we don’t have any choice but to find something that we could used as a weapon, stand in there so that when they come through that door, they get greeted with an offensive posture and maybe we can take them off guard and we can keep them out or get past them or something.”
Jackson's staff released the following statement from the freshman Texas 13th Congressional District congressman:
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol today is a stain on our nation. American heroes have died on battlefields all over this world to protect our freedoms and allow peaceful debate in this very building. Today that was taken away from us. Those involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
"Thank you to the brave U.S. Capitol Police officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and restore order. I also want to thank the many constituents who have reached out to me concerning the safety of myself, my family, and my staff. We are safe, but I ask that you keep our country and U.S. Capitol Police officers injured in today’s attack in your prayers.