By Alexandra Simon
MINNEAPOLIS — Typically, the Congressional ceremony to confirm a president-elect's Electoral College votes is uneventful, standard procedure.
This year was different. Wednesday's meeting of both the House and Senate was already scheduled to be tense, with Republican lawmakers in both chambers vowing to object to certifying Democrat Joe Biden's win.
Then, a crowd of President Trump's supporters, in Washington D.C. for a rally outside the White House, marched toward the U.S. Capitol. After clashing with law enforcement outside, a violent mob breached security and entered the Capitol, putting the building on lockdown and forcing lawmakers to evacuate the Senate floor.
KARE 11's Gia Vang caught up with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar via Zoom the morning after the unprecedented and violent attack to talk about her experience, why Congress decided to finish their vote, and her plans for Joe Biden's inauguration.
On how she felt about the insurrection
"I was actually heading up the debate against the people that were raising, what I consider to be baseless, baseless allegations that somehow there was something wrong with this election, when President Trump’s own head of Homeland Security and the election side said this was the most secure election in the history of America. And right when I finished my remarks against Senator Cruz, about five, 10 minutes later there was a breach at the Capitol. We were escorted into another room and the entire time from the minute I got there, I kept telling our Republican colleagues and Democrats we had to get back. That we had to finish our jobs. So I was a lot less focused on what was personally happening to me than I was on our democracy and the fact that we haven't had since 1814, the Capitol invaded, that time by British forces.
The fact that this is happening in the modern era, in 2021, incited by a president who literally told these rioters to march down the Capitol Mall and go to the Capitol. And guess what. They did it. And that is the problem with how he’s been handling this and not acknowledging what has happened to him in this election."
On impeachment and invoking the 25th Amendment
"I voted in the past to impeach this president and I think the 25th amendment would be up to his cabinet members, but I think there’s a reason that you've got staff members, senior staff people are resigning. Yesterday, today, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that people are really quite worried about him. Because he has not been able to accept that he lost this election and here he is literally inciting insurrection."