As law enforcement across the country monitors the potential for armed protestors at the state capital, some Florida republicans are calling on supporters of President Trump to not take part in any violence.
Randy Ross worked on the Trump for President campaign back in 2016, adding that he has spent the past five years devoted to getting him elected. Ross said that it is time for supporters of President Trump to accept the results of the election. He also said violent demonstrations go against what their movement stands for.
“Stay home with your family. Keep doing what we’re doing to make America great,” Ross said. “There’s no time for violence. This isn’t how we are going to get the results that we want.”
Ross called the actions by rioters at the Capitol as “a disgrace.” He said Republicans in Florida are better served to focus their energy on upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024.
“None of the folks I know, I’m talking all different age groups, different religions, genders, different races, sexual orientations, none of them are the people I saw storming the capitol last week,” Ross said.
Republican congressman Daniel Webster of Clermont released a statement on Tuesday.
“We are a country of laws and order, all Americans, regardless of how they feel about the 2020 election results must abide by processes outlined in law and our Constitution and work together to tackle the issues facing our country.”
Democrat State Senator Linda Stewart said Senate President Wilton Simpson notified lawmakers of a “likely protest” on Sunday outside the state capitol in Tallahassee. Stewart said also plans to work remotely on Jan. 20, 2021, avoiding the capitol complex altogether.