HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - As violent mobs attacked the Capitol building on Wednesday, members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation took to Twitter to confirm they were safe.
US Sen. Mazie Hirono tweeted out an update at 10:55 a.m., thanking everyone for their concern.
“I want to let you know that I’m safe,” she wrote, on Twitter. “I implore the President to tell his supporters to stand down for everyone’s safety and let Congress do our job today.”
Members of Congress were evacuated from the Capitol on Wednesday after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the building and clashed with Capitol police. One protester was fatally shot.
US Sen. Brian Schatz also thanked people for their “expressions of aloha and concern.”
“The attack on the Capitol and our democracy is despicable, but it will not stop us from completing our constitutional duties and affirming the results of the presidential election,” he said.
US Rep. Ed Case spoke to Hawaii News Now from his Capitol Hill office.
“I never expected there not to be protests,” he said.
“But I really never expected the swarming of the Capitol that would overwhelm our Capitol police. I just feel so sorry that it has come to this. Having said that, we’re going to complete our duty.”
Newly-elected Hawaii Congressman Kai Kahele said he was just about to leave for the Capitol building when the violence started. He said he’s hunkering down with his family.
“What we’re seeing right now is an attack on our democracy,” he said.
“It saddens and at the same time it infuriates me one of our most sacred buildings in our country be desecrated and be tarnished today.”
This story will be updated.