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Idaho Reacts After Trump Supporters Violently Occupy The U.S. Capitol

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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.

President Trump incited a violent mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol after months of refusing to acknowledge he lost his bid for a second term. While Congress was in session to certify the fair election of Joe Biden to the presidency, rioters forced them to stop their work. 

Idaho’s four members of Congress were among those who were evacuated as elected officials and staff ducked for cover as the rioters broke windows and forced their way into the House and Senate chambers. 

All four of Idaho’s Congressmen — who are Republicans — have supported President Trump in his single term in office. Rep. Russ Fulcher had announced his support of an effort to object to the results of the election founded on baseless claims of voter fraud. Other elected officials in the Mountain West also planned to object. 

 

So what was their reaction to the insurrection and violence by Trump supporters who have aligned with Republicans in the Trump era? 

 

Idaho Matters welcomes three guests to help us dissect Idaho's political reaction to the events of Jan. 6: Boise State University political scientist Jaclyn Kettler, Mountain West News Bureau reporter Madelyn Beck and James Dawson with Boise State Public Radio. 

 

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!