Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum issued a powerful rebuke to the mob that stormed the US Capitol, and to those who are supporting them, calling today's events "heartbreaking."
"If you love America, you understand the greatness of our country is the great institutions we have and we defend those institutions, you defend our Constitution," he said, speaking on CNN this afternoon. "We don't try to overturn through violence and protests the things that you say you value."
Santorum said that as a Republican he understands the frustration many supporters of President Trump feel after losing the 2020 election, but said it is unimaginable to him that they have lost faith in the institutions of this country to this extent.
"I would just say that you are adding to the hopelessness of people and you're not doing anything to restore the greatness of America by tearing it down," he said.
Watch the moment: