Tim McGraw, Maren Morris and More React to Tragic U.S. Capitol Violence

Tim McGraw and Maren Morris are among the country artists speaking out in the wake of the tragic violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6. As Congress was meeting to officially tally the Electoral College votes, to determine whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden would become the country’s next President, a throng of rioters descended on the building, causing damage and resulting in four deaths and numerous injuries.

“A terribly sad day for America, a terribly sad day for leadership,” McGraw tweeted.

“Today is gonna be hard to shake,” Morris wrote. “Something my WW2 fighting Paw-Paw never told me about, something my parents never had to go through… thinking about how I will tell my son about this one day.”

“I’m really glad I got to write a great song with great friends today,” Chris Young posted.. “That’s about the only part of it that has been great. I’m not political ever… but I’m pretty disheartened by some of the things that have happened in the country I live in today. DC especially.”

“Praying for our country,” said Stephanie Quayle. “My heart hurts—I’m at a loss for words.”

“Been staring at this empty tweet box for too long at a loss for words,” posted Cassadee Pope. “Figured posting that would say enough in itself.”

While most country artists rightfully condemned the violence, Rascal Flatts‘ Joe Don Rooney seemed to question whether what was being seen on TV was actually happening.

“Think about this…,” he said. “Supposedly a woman was shot and killed today inside the capitol. Shouldn’t that be a federal crime zone now. Yellow tape everywhere and no one allowed in.  Should be investigated for weeks w Congress closed down. But it won’t be cause it’s a total hoax! imho.”

After the violence, Biden was officially declared the next President of the United States. He will be officially sworn in on January 20, 2021.