A gaggle of Democratic lawmakers, led by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, stood earlier than the House Thursday to share their accounts of the lethal Capitol siege.
Ocasio-Cortez — who critics just lately accused of exaggerating her expertise through the violent riot — mentioned it was necessary that the accounts be preserved for the document at a time when some within the nation try to decrease the Jan. 6 assault and “transfer on.”
“Sadly, lower than 29 days later, with little to no accountability for the bloodshed and trauma of the sixth, some are already demanding that we transfer on,” she mentioned.
“Or worse, trying to decrease, discredit or belittle the accounts of survivors.”
The 31-year-old Bronx and Queens rep organized the hourlong session for her colleagues to discuss what they remembered from the harrowing day.
“Twenty-nine days in the past, our nation’s Capitol was attacked. That’s the massive story. And in that massive story lie hundreds of particular person accounts, simply as legitimate and necessary as the opposite,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned.
One after the other the Democratic lawmakers — no Republicans had been concerned — shared their reminiscences, together with seeing a mob exterior the Capitol and listening to screams and glass shattering.
The lawmakers had been tallying the Electoral Faculty vote certifying Joe Biden’s election victory when a mass of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the constructing.
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips recalled feeling “trapped” as he heard the rioters yell and the belief that he solely had a pencil readily available to shield himself.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, broke down in tears as she remembered listening to concerning the riot.
“As I noticed it I mentioned thank God I’m not there,” Tlaib mentioned.
“I felt overwhelming reduction and I really feel unhealthy for Alexandria and so lots of my colleagues that had been right here.”
Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) remembered barricading together with her workers and readying herself to confront rioters in the event that they breached the room.
“I simply keep in mind taking a second pondering, in the event that they contact these doorways, in the event that they hit these doorways … and are available wherever close to my workers, my thought course of was, ‘We bangin’ ’til the top,’” she mentioned.
“I’m not letting them take out my individuals, and also you’re not taking me out.”
She urged her colleagues to “reject the white supremacist assault that occurred proper earlier than our eyes.”
New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat mentioned that the assault on the Capitol was not solely an assault on representatives in Congress, but additionally on their constituents.
“We’re their voices right here,” he mentioned. “We should not sweep this beneath the rug.”
5 individuals died within the riot, together with Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick who was mortally wounded by the mob.
With Submit wires