Utah Gov. Spencer Cox evacuated from The Utah State Capitol amid protests

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Update: 4:04 p.m.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox took to Twitter to address the protests at The Utah State Capitol and the United States Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

“I never thought I would have to deliver this message on my second day on the job,” he said.

Speaking from the Governor’s Mansion, Cox said he was deeply troubled by the devastation and the cowardly acts of violence at the nation’s Capitol.

“As patriots, as Utahns, as Americans and as people who care deeply about each other and who care deeply about this great nation, I urge you to stand up and speak out against the violence, against the terrorists and against the evil that we have seen in our nation’s Capitol today.”

Fortunately, he added, the protests in the state of Utah have been “mostly peaceful.” He also encouraged people to protest, but asked them to do so in a calm and civilized manner.

“I’m calling on all you to speak out, to speak up. And to let your friends, your family and your neighbors know that this is unacceptable.”

Cox said he trusts that Utahns will continue to be an example to the rest of the nation.

Update: 2:32 p.m.

Utah State Senator Daniel W. Thatcher says the Capitol has not yet been evacuated and he doesn’t expect it to be.

2:26 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox and Capitol staff were ordered to evacuate The Utah State Capitol Wednesday as protests outside the building grew to over 100 people.

Pro-Trump protestors carrying Trump flags and signs that say “Stop the Steal,” have gathered on the steps of the Capitol building.

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson sent out a tweet stating that the Gov. and Lt. Gov.’s offices have been sent home.

*This story is updating. New information will be reported as it comes in.

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