Former Texas congressman calls attacks on US Capitol an ‘attack on our democracy’

‘This is not an example of peaceful protest,’ former U.S. Congressman Will Hurd says

Americans, politicians shocked by security breach at U.S. Capitol
Americans, politicians shocked by security breach at U.S. Capitol

SAN ANTONIO – Former CIA agent and Texas Congressman Will Hurd was appalled by the violence he saw erupt at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to obstruct the certification of electoral votes in the November 2020 election.

“I’ve been in embassies that have been blown up, that (people) tried to overrun, and this is stuff you see over there. And it was happening in our own backyard, our seat of power,” Hurd told KSAT.

The Associated Press reported that a “violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding.”

Capitol police evacuated two buildings on the Hill, and U.S. representatives hid in safe rooms and wore gas masks during the mob’s siege.

Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said one woman was shot and killed by Capitol police. Three others died in “medical emergencies,” according to the AP.

Hurd took to social media to air his grievances with the violent situation, saying it was an ”attack on our democracy.”

Bexar County Republican George Rodriguez, who worked for two administrations from the mid-’70s to the early ’90s, says security on the Capitol grounds was pretty relaxed back then until the September 11th attacks. He was shocked to watch people breaking into the building and lawmakers taking cover.

“There were always people protesting, in front of the Capitol or in front of the White House, but to escalate the situation like they have lately by the left, as well as today, we never saw anything like that,” Rodriguez said. ‘”And I think it’s outrageous.”

Rodriguez’s concern is how this breach of security will impact the public’s ability in the future to have face-to-face access to lawmakers in the Capitol.

Related: Trump tells supporters to ‘go home in peace’ in video from White House following chaos at US Capitol


About the Authors:

Patty Santos joined the KSAT 12 News team in July 2017. She has a proven track record of reporting on hard-hitting news that affects the community.

Before starting KSAT in 2017, Lee was a photojournalist at KENS 5, where he won a Lone Star Emmy in 2014 for Best Weather Segment. In 2009 and 2010 Lee garnered first-place awards with the Texas Association of Broadcasters for Best Investigative Series in College Station, as well as winning first place for Staff Photojournalism in 2011 at KBTX.