FOR JAKE AUCHINCLOSS, the first days in office as a new member of Congress have felt the same as they likely did for hundreds of lawmakers before him — momentous and awe-inspiring. Now add to that a very different adjective: chilling.
The newest member of the state’s congressional delegation was sheltering in place with his staff in his office on Wednesday afternoon as the nation witnessed a scene once unimaginable in the world’s most robust democracy: An armed invasion of the Capitol by mobs of supporters of the current president seeking to reverse the outcome of a fairly conducted presidential election
...There were reports of an armed standoff at the doors to the House chamber between police and those leading what can only be termed an attempted insurrection. Auchincloss said a demonstrator had entered the Senate chamber.
...Rep. Katherine Clark, the assistant House speaker, called the unfolding situation “an attack on America” online.
“This dark moment is the culmination of everything Trump has been promoting. Praying for an end of the violence and safety for everyone, and the preservation of our democracy. This must stop,” she said.
...Trump told supporters at the rally earlier Wednesday to demand that Congress investigate allegations of election fraud.
“You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong,” he said.
...Every member of the Massachusetts delegation, except for Rep. Stephen Lynch, is calling for Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment to remove the president from office. Lawmakers said Trump incited the rioters.
“Donald J. Trump should immediately be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate as soon as Congress reconvenes. This is dangerous & unacceptable,” wrote Rep. Ayanna Pressley online.