What is our country coming to, that the greatest democracy the world has ever seen, is under assault from within and inspired by the president of the United States. — Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a former Marine Corps infantry officer
What is our country coming to, that the greatest democracy the world has ever seen, is under assault from within and inspired by the president of the United States. — Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a former Marine Corps infantry officer
'Traitors to the country': Military veterans in Congress accuse Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley of helping incite the fatal violence on Capitol Hill
  • Democratic lawmakers who've served in the US military condemned their Republican colleagues and President Donald Trump as "treasonous."
  • GOP Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley "did not break in with the rioters, and neither did Donald Trump, but their words broke the barriers of civility that have really kept the country together for hundreds of years," Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego told MSNBC.
  • "I've heard one woman say that this was the most frightening day of her life," Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine, told Insider. "This is not what members of Congress signed up to do. It's what I expected as a Marine, but not as a member of Congress."
  • Representatives for Hawley did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cruz's office referred to the statements he made denouncing the violent attacks on Capitol Hill, and alleging Democrats were playing politics.
... "What is our country coming to," Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a former Marine Corps infantry officer, told Insider. "What is our country coming to, that the greatest democracy the world has ever seen, is under assault from within and inspired by the president of the United States."

... Moulton told Insider he "absolutely" believes Hawley and Cruz shared the blame for the violence.

"These are domestic terrorists attempting a coup who were incited and supported by lawless Republicans lawmakers," Moulton said. "I think they should be censured because we need to make it clear to future lawmakers and future generations of Americans that you will not incite violence against the United States of America. That's treasonous."

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, another Marine who deployed to Iraq, also had choice words and accused the two Republicans of inciting violence. Gallego reportedly helped other lawmakers put on their gas masks and gave instructions, as well as sheltering news reporters into his office.

"We have a president and we have senators that incite this that are just as bad as those who broke in," Gallego said to MSNBC on Wednesday. "Cruz and Hawley did not break in with the rioters, and neither did Donald Trump, but their words broke the barriers of civility that have really kept the country together for hundreds of years. And they're just as responsible and they should be ashamed."

"The names of Cruz and Hawley should go down in history next to people like Benedict Arnold and Donald Trump," Gallego added. "They are just traitors to the country and traitors to the Constitution."


... Like Gallego, other lawmakers with combat experience sprung to action to assist during the chaos. Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a former US Army Ranger, was pictured comforting Democratic Rep. Susan Wild of Pennsylvania during the siege inside the House chamber.

"I called my wife," Crow told the Rolling Stone. "I told her I loved her and told the kids I loved them and told my wife I might have to fight my way out."

"I immediately got into Ranger mode, as I say," Crow reportedly added. "I'm going to do everything I can, I'm going to take as much action as I can. I did a double-check of all the doors, made sure they were locked. Escorted the more senior members away from the doors, moving them into a defensive position. Asked folks to take off their member pins so that if the mobs break down the doors, the members would be harder to identify. I took a pen out of my pocket to possibly use as a weapon."

Crow also tweeted of the incident: "It didn't need to be this way. Enablers of Donald Trump led us to this point."