Indian American lawmakers react to Capitol riots

Lawmakers of Indian origin joined on social media with congressmen and congresswomen to express solidarity with the election results, strongly criticize the unprecedented riots from Trump supporters who broke security cordons and stormed the Capitol to disrupt Congress proceedings. Rep Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) recalled why this incident shook her as a first-generation immigrant, echoing what millions of Indian Americans might be saying within their homes: That she came to America because her parents thought it was worth it. She added that the incident cannot be allowed to disrupt democracy.

Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), like many other congressmen, assured his voters of his safety in the Capitol, and blamed President Donald Trump’s rejection of a fair process for the violence that took place.

Rep Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) echoed the sentiment, calling democracy a sacred spirit that will overcome the violence.

Rep Ami Bera (D-Calif.) reaffirmed the ironic idea that the President of the oldest democracy in the world cannot subvert democracy.

Meanwhile, as Congress returned to voting on electoral vote in various states where Trump objected to, many congressmen and congresswomen changed their minds on their own objections, presumably in the aftermath of the violence on Capitol.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his concern about the incidents on the premises of Capitol in Washington. Modi has been widely criticized at home for having supported Trump’s reelection.

BJP leader Varun Gandhi tweeted his anguish at the sight of the Indian tricolor amidst a sea of American, Confederate, and QAnon flags:

In a response to Gandhi’s tweet, Indian National Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor wrote, indicating that the Washington incident should be a warning for the world:

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