Following a pro-Trump protest near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a group of rioters stormed the Capitol building and overpowered police, gaining access to the legislative chambers.
The violence and destruction that ensued have been widely condemned by Americans of all political stripes, including Fox News host Sean Hannity, who called for participants to be “arrested and prosecutors.”
“We don’t place pipe bombs”
The Fox host’s bold call came during the opening monologue of Wednesday evening’s program, even as law enforcement attempted to restore order in the area.
“Those who support President Trump and believe they are part of the conservative movement in this country, we do not support those who commit acts of violence,” Hannity said, according to Fox.
Asserting that he wanted to make his point “crystal clear,” Hannity went on to provide his take on the mayhem that broke out as Congress convened to ratify the Electoral College vote tally declaring Joe Biden the winner of November’s presidential race.
“We don’t believe people should be vandalizing our nation’s Capitol and attacking the brave men and women who keep us safe in law enforcement,” he said. “We don’t place pipe bombs at the RNC.”
The latter reference stemmed from the reported discovery of explosive devices found at the headquarters of both the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee.
“All of today’s perpetrators must be arrested and prosecuted,” Hannity insisted, as Fox reported.
“These are real Americans”
For Trump’s part, he addressed the crowd of supporters earlier in the day and later faced accusations of inciting the violent riots that followed. When participants stormed the Capitol, however, the president posted a Twitter video message urging them to stand down and return home without further violence.
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful,” he wrote in an earlier tweet. “No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
As for the impetus behind Wednesday’s protests, Hannity noted that the massive crowd gathered for the legitimate reason of opposing the “trainwreck” of an election that played out last year, cautioning politicians that the American people deserve to have their concerns heard.
“You can’t just snap your finger and hope that goes away,” he said, as Fox reported. “These are real Americans. Tens of millions of them. The only way we can create a more perfect and peaceful union is through peaceful, lawful action. Violence is never acceptable.”