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Rep. Huizenga describes being inside US Capitol during riots

Posted at 9:34 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 09:34:50-05

WASHINGTON — Michigan Representative Bill Huizenga sat down with Fox 17 to share his experience being in the U.S. Capitol building during Wednesday’s riots.

After starting a debate about Arizona’s electoral votes, they’d heard that there had been a “breach” to the Capitol building, and started smelling tear gas, Huizenga said.

“Capitol Hill security detail was literally holding back the door,” he said. “They took their batons out, they had not drawn their weapons at that point. But then it started to escalate very, very quickly. I saw I was near where they suddenly started grabbing some of the furniture. There's a desk in the corner then grabbed a bench, another Capitol Hill police officer and I grabbed a bench to bring towards that main set of doors.”

Huizenga says he’s angry that tensions had escalated so far.

“This is not who we are," he said. “We are way better than this. And America needs to be better on all sides.”

Watch the full interview in the video player above.