Lawmakers stood earlier than the House late Thursday to inform their private, usually beautiful accounts of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, preserving for the report their very own recollections of essentially the most violent home assault on Congress within the nations historical past.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., led colleagues within the hourlong session days earlier than the previous president’s impeachment trial, saying their tales have to be instructed at a time when some in Congress and the nation are attempting to attenuate the injury of Jan. 6 and transfer on.
“Sadly, that is all too usually what we hear from survivors of trauma,” mentioned Ocasio-Cortez, who was criticized by detractors this week after sharing her personal harrowing story of hiding that day, fearing for her life.
She mentioned, “Twenty-nine days in the past, our nations Capitol was attacked. That is the large story. And in that large story lie 1000’s of particular person accounts, simply as legitimate and necessary as the opposite.”
One by one, the Democratic lawmakers no Republicans participated in sharing their remembrances: seeing the lots of of rioters massing outdoors the Capitol and listening to the taunts, screams and glass breaking. And then the sensation, as Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., put it, of being trapped.
The lawmakers had been tallying the Electoral College vote certifying Joe Biden’s election victory when President Donald Trump, who had refused to concede, inspired a rally crowd of supporters on the White House to go to the Capitol and battle like hell for him.
Phillips mentioned that, as he heard the screams, he realized a pencil was about all he had for protection. He thought of transferring over to the Republican aspect of the House chamber so we might mix in. He and others believed the rioters would spare us in the event that they merely mistook us for Republicans.
Then, he mentioned, he realized one thing for his colleagues who usually are not white like he’s, mixing in was not an possibility.
Five folks died, together with a protester, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by police contained in the Capitol, and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was mortally injured confronting the mob. Three different folks died of medical emergencies.
Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., referred to as on colleagues to grasp that white nationalists had been concerned within the riot and are a severe home risk; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., broke down in tears.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., mentioned that, as representatives in Congress, the assault towards the Capitol was an assault on their constituents.
We are their voices right here, he mentioned. We should not sweep this beneath the rug.