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Here’s how Delaware political leaders responded to the Capitol riot on social media

Live updates from inside the chaos and strong words disavowing the president's actions.

Sen. Chris Coons during the electoral college certification on Jan. 6, 2021.


Delaware was simultaneously one of the centers of the news universe on Jan. 6 and a small player in the events of the day.

On the one hand, President-elect Joe Biden was working on economic policy in Wilmington as the usually routine electoral vote count in Congress would turn into a day of insurrection. In Washington D.C., Delaware’s three congresspeople — Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester — were uncontroversial and out of the spotlight as they participated in the count portion of the day without objection.

Here’s how Delaware leaders were seen on social media throughout the day:

Carper posted to let followers know he was OK on Twitter. Later, after State News reporter Matthew Bittle posted that Carper was against invoking the 25th Amendment against Mr. Trump following the riot, he posted a longer statement clarifying his position:

And an update, as of Thursday evening:

Coons was confident as he tweeted during the events of the day. As he predicted, he and the rest of the Senate reconvened that evening. Coons has been clear about wanting to remove Trump, including by the 25th Amendment if necessary.

Blunt Rochester was captured by a reporter who was in the House chamber as the rioters breached the Capitol. Around 4 p.m., she tweeted a message from a secure location. She later stated, through a spokesperson, that she believed Trump should be removed.

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings minced no words, calling the insurrection “treason” in a statement.

Biden gave a speech from Wilmington, changing its topic to the insurrection that was happening at the time. Just before 4 a.m. on Jan. 7, he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were officially certified as the next president and vice president of the United States, going into effect on Jan. 20.

Near 9:30 a.m., Gov. John Carney confirmed that he is deploying the Delaware National Guard to Washington, joining the National Guards of Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.

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