Dem lawmaker trapped inside DNC HQ by violent leftist protesters admits incident 'scared me more' than Jan. 6 Capitol riot

November 17, 2023
Ben Marquis

Most Democrats talk about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021 as if it were one of, if not the most dangerous and frightening incident that has ever occurred in the nation's history.

That changed Wednesday night for at least one unnamed Democratic lawmaker who admitted that leftist anti-Israel protesters "scared me more than January 6" during a "violent" incident outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters building in Washington D.C., according to Breitbart.

Violence erupts between leftist protesters and police outside DNC

During a Wednesday night event at the DNC headquarters that was attended by numerous Democratic members of Congress, a mob of anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian protesters demanding an immediate "ceasefire" in the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza surrounded the building and physically blocked off the exits.

Those protesters soon clashed violently with law enforcement as police attempted to physically remove them from blocking the building's doorways after the protesters refused orders to end the protest and vacate the premises.

Dem lawmaker admits incident "scared me more than January 6"

According to Axios, at least six Capitol Police officers were treated for various injuries following the violent scuffle while the leftist anti-Israel organization that put together the protest, IfNotNow, claimed that more than 90 protesters were also injured by the police in the altercation outside the DNC that they insisted was "one-sided" and instigated by law enforcement.

As the violent confrontation was occurring, Democratic members of Congress, including members of the House Minority leadership team, were trapped inside the building while taking part in a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee candidate event.

For a time, the DNC headquarters building as well as a nearby House office building were locked down until the supposedly "peaceful" protest that ultimately devolved into violence had eventually "dissipated," after which frightened Democratic members were safely evacuated from the scene.

One unnamed House Democrat who was trapped inside the besieged DNC building told Axios that the violent incident "scared me more than January 6" as they recalled being prevented from leaving and forced to remain there until calm had been restored.

"Someone sent out word for people to come [back] and police said it's not safe," the Democratic legislator said. "Police were wearing gas masks ... this was not peaceful."

Dem Rep. Casten shared experience, pleaded with violent protesters to not be "irresponsible"

One Democrat who was also at the DNC building during the violent leftist protest was Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), who publicly shared his experience in a thread of tweets and wrote, "I was just evacuated from the @dccc office after the building was surrounded by protestors who had blocked all modes of ingress and egress. Grateful to Capitol Police for getting all members and staff out safely."

"To the protestors: PLEASE don’t do something irresponsible," he continued. "You have the Constitutional right to peaceably assemble and protest. But blocking all entries to a building with multiple members of Congress in it, protected by Capitol Police officers who have lived through January 6 is putting you and other innocent people at risk."

"We were rescued by armed officers who did not know the protestors’ intent; they knew only that Members of Congress were inside, could not leave and that protestors would not let police through. Forcing police to guess intent is irresponsible and dangerous," the Democratic lawmaker added. "I am grateful for the USCP’s professionalism and that all were safely evacuated. I’m also keenly aware that it could have been much worse. Americans have a right to assemble and protest. But PLEASE do so at a safe distance and respect local police orders."

Setting aside the clear pro-police sentiment of the congressman from the political party with a decidedly anti-cop base of voters, it must be noted that it was elements of that same Democratic base of support that violently trapped their own elected leaders inside the DNC building, violently clashed with police, and had Democratic lawmakers acknowledging that the violent incident was as bad or even worse than the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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