Republican Congressman Peter Meyer, who voted to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump, said that he and a number of his colleagues are traveling with armed escorts because of fears for their lives after the storming of the Capitol, as well as changing their daily routine and purchasing bulletproof vests.
Meyer, one of 10 Republican congressmen who supported Trump’s impeachment, said on MSNBC that his decision to vote for impeachment was motivated by Trump’s refusal to accept at least partial responsibility for the events of January 6. Asked by a reporter if he had received any threats before the vote, Meyer said that was not what influenced his decision.
“As far as my family’s safety is concerned, we prepared for it, took the necessary measures. I have colleagues who now travel with armed escorts because of concerns for their safety. Many of us are changing our routines, buying body armor,” Meyer said.
“It’s sad that we have to get to that point, but, you know, we expect someone might try to kill us,” the congressman added.
Meyer answered in the affirmative when asked if he himself had resorted to such measures as buying body armor, changing his usual route, and using armed guards.
“We didn’t expect the Capitol to be invaded for the first time in 200 years, so in this unprecedented environment, with this unprecedented fear of division and hatred, we have to consider every scenario,” he admitted.
The inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will take place on Jan. 20. On January 6, supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol after Trump’s rally in Washington, D.C., Congress was interrupted for several hours. A female demonstrator and a police officer were killed in the rioting, and three others died of non-violent causes. After law enforcement removed the rioters from the congressional building, congressmen approved Biden’s victory in the past presidential election. The House of Representatives impeached Trump on sedition charges.