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Utah Representatives reflect on riots, criticize President Trump

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 20:33:02-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Representative John Curtis (R) and Representative Blake Moore (R) were both troubled by the violent scene that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

Representative John Curtis sees the attack on the Capitol as a violation similar to someone invading a family home.

"The best way I can describe it is if you've ever had your home broken into...you just feel violated," Curtis said. "I think 24 hours as I sit and think about it - it feels like the Nation was violated."

Moore was in the House Chamber as rioters pounded on the doors.

"All of a sudden the capitol police rushed in and it got pretty hectic at that point," Moore said, reflecting on his experience. "They were guarding every door and were telling people to get their gas masks out because there's tear gas going through the hallways."

The two Representatives were not only concerned with the violent scene unfolding in front of them, but also with President Trump's initial reaction, which was released in a Twitter video and later taken down by Twitter for violating the sites code of ethics.

"We were in our office barricaded in, I was coordinating with local police making sure things were fine at home, I was confident they would be but you just take precautions and at that very time, the very first thing he [President Trump] said was about election fraud. There's chaos going on all over the place and his first comments were on election fraud, I really really had a tough time with that."