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Sen. Amanda Chase leaves D.C. for safety reasons, disappointed in Pence

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 16:43:05-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase (R - Chesterfield) posted a video to social media to let everyone know she was OK after attending Wednesday's rally for President Trump.

"Everything that I saw earlier today was very peaceful," she said in the video recorded in a vehicle on her way back to Central Virginia. "I was able to speak this morning at about 10 a.m. in front of the Capitol. And then we joined the rally with the president and we were able to hear him speak."

Chase said while the president spoke, her security team told her it was time to leave.

"My team said we needed to head out for security purposes," she said.

Chase did reference the violence and reports of shots fired at the U.S. Capitol.

"Say a prayer for what's going on back at the nation's capital right now," she said.

She concluded the two-minute video expressing her disappointment with Vice President Mike Pence.

"I know there are a lot of unhappy people, including myself. We're very disappointed that Vice President Mike Pence went in a different direction," she said in reference to pressure President Trump applied to Pence to toss electors from battleground states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden.

Earlier in the day, Pence said he doesn't have the power to discard electoral votes. Pence said it is "my considered judgement that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.”