As federal authorities warn of possible violence at state capitols nationwide, some Florida lawmakers are expressing concerns over their physical safety as they prepare to return on and off ahead of the 2021 Legislative Session.
“Every Senator here is concerned about what may or may not happen,” said Sen. Linda Stewart, an Orlando Democrat who has served in the Legislature since 2012. “Based on what we’ve seen in Washington, D.C., and the FBI reports, they tell you that we’re going to have more of it.”
The shared concerns come after a mob backing President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington last week. The midday security breach forced congressional operations to a hard stop, effectively delaying the constitutional process to affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.
Media reports and images suggest law enforcement officers were overwhelmed by the assault. Lawmakers were given gas masks and forced to evacuate the House floor. Five people died during the pro-President Donald Trump demonstration.
Equally as troubling, an FBI memo obtained by ABC News on Monday warns that protesters are planning to show up at capitol buildings in all 50 states at some point, regardless of which candidate the state elected