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Gov. Brian Kemp (right) joined Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (center) and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (left) to condemn riots by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp readied the Georgia National Guard Jan. 6 in response to riots at the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters protesting the Electoral College vote.

Kemp, who faced intense pressure from Trump and his allies to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia, called Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol “un-American” and “a disgrace.”

“It is unimaginable that we have people in our state and in our country that have been threatening police officers, breaking into government buildings,” Kemp told reporters inside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta. “This is not the Georgia way and it is not the way of our country.”

A huge crowd of Trump supporters swarmed the U.S. Capitol as House and Senate lawmakers convened Wednesday to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Trump had egged on his supporters to protest the vote and hailed several Republican lawmakers who planned to protest the certification before chaos broke out, including several congressional lawmakers from Georgia.

Kemp has faced the president’s rage in recent weeks for not stepping in to toss out the Nov. 3 general election results, which showed Biden won Georgia by 11,779 votes. On Wednesday, the governor slammed Trump loyalists who have pressured him to order a special legislative session aimed at overturning the election.

“Those of you who have called for a special session: You now know what that would look like,” Kemp said.

Kemp said he is extending an executive order allowing him to mobilize the National Guard that was put in place during protests over the summer against racial injustice and police brutality.

The governor was joined Wednesday by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who both condemned the riots in Washington, D.C., and urged Trump to disperse the protesters.

“Today is an incredibly sobering reminder of how delicate our democracy truly is,” said Duncan, who for several weeks has called on Trump to drop his fraud claims. “It is also a reminder how dangerous it is for people in power act as if they are more important than that democracy.”

“This is a very sad day,” Ralston said. “The shocking images we have seen from our nation’s capital today are indefensible, un-American and, frankly, heartbreaking.”

The Georgia Senate Republican Caucus also condemned the Trump protesters, saying of Wednesday’s events that “there is no place for such action in this country.”

Some Republican Congress members from Georgia objected to the riots after being forced to lock down in the Capitol rotunda as protesters shattered windows and broke into lawmakers’ offices – though many including U.S Reps. Rick Allen, Barry Loudermilk, Buddy Carter and Marjorie Taylor Greene had earlier pledged to object to the Electoral College certification.

House Democrats from Georgia were unanimous in denouncing the riots, with newly seated U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux going so far as to urge her colleagues to impeach Trump a second time.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who lost to Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock in Tuesday’s runoff election, also condemned the Capitol riots after promising to join House and Senate Republicans objecting to the certification. U.S. Sen. David Perdue was still silent late Wednesday after losing to Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The events in Washington came as Ossoff and Warnock were both set to secure wins in their runoff races for U.S. Senate, giving Democrats control of Congress and the White House for at least the first two years of the incoming Biden administration.

Warnock invoked Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose pulpit he presides over at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, in calling for the country to focus on healing in the wake of Wednesday’s riots.

“Let us each try to be a light to see our country out of this dark moment,” Warnock said.

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(7) comments

Howard Peterson

Is everyone 100% sure that Antifa & BLM protesters did not dress up as Trump supporters just to cause chaos today so Trump could get the blame? I'm not........

Annette Verhoff

You can't be serious. First, how did they ~all dress themselves up as middle aged white people? Second, how did they tolerate listening to "45" ramble for an hour, inciting them, prior to their subversive actions? Last but not least, why didn't they storm Trump while he was in their midst instead of storming in on Congress? C'mon Mr. Peterson, you can be better than this. Everyone can be better than this, and we all need to. Everybody's mama that is still with them need to slap the sheet out of everybody and tell us to cut it out. --Christopher Davis Marietta GA

Howard Peterson

What a perfect time & disguise for Antifa & BLM protesers! So I suppose it was perfectly OK for Pelosi to stall stimulus checks for political reasons thinking Biden would win & she could get more? Her words, she said it was a "calculated decision". Yep, blame Trump & Trump supporters. Never find Hillary, Comey, McCabe, Strozk, Clapper, Brennan & many others guilty of any crimes but cheer the DC police if a Republican gets arrested for jay-walking. People have had it with Democrats lust for power & now it's 1 party Communist rule in DC. Republicans are finally showing they have a backbone and unfortunately, yesterday was just a wake-up call if the Democrats continue to ruin this wonderful country!

Howard Peterson

Maybe you are right Ms. Verhoff. When they got into the chambers & offices, all I saw was the people sitting in chairs & taking pictures. There was no rioting, looting & burning that the Democrats supported previously! Maybe the Capitol Police have been de-funded????

Howard Peterson

Copied comment from Fox News website: "Wow. What a contrast to the media's lovefest with the Kavanaugh protestors that stormed the Supreme court, and congress people in elevators, and restaurants. Remember them pounding on the doors during the hearing? Were any charged?"

Annette Verhoff

Time will reveal who all that was that stormed the castle. They all had their phones in their hands which means the Capitol building captured all the info required for determining exactly who they were. And by "time," I mean like a day, maybe two, before the names and their affiliations are announced to the public. Trump can't learn his lesson, but let's hope his supporters (or his Antifas, whoever they were) CAN learn. --Christopher Davis Marietta GA

Howard Peterson

I have heard, cannot prove, from a reliable source (sounding like CNN now!) that Antifa members from Portland were at the Trump rally yesterday. They were dressed like Trump supporters but wore MAGA hats backward so they could hopefully find each other if needed.

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