Illinois politicians share messages on first anniversary of Capitol Hill uprising – NBC Chicago
On the anniversary of the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol, politicians from across Illinois and the Chicago area shared messages and reflected on the attack a year later.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker used the anniversary to call on lawmakers and politicians to speak out against the actions of insurgents and former President Donald Trump, while working to preserve democracy.
“As Americans, we have a sacred responsibility to defend democracy and to hold accountable those who instigated and carried out this attempted coup. We must not allow the Republican Party to rewrite history. and sweep the events of January 6 under the carpet Preservation of democracy is no guarantee, and our experience of 245 years of autonomy depends on our ability to restore respect for our institutions and protect the will of the people as expressed by their votes, âPritzker said in a statement.
The governor added that he promised to do everything in his power to ensure that the sacrifices made by the Capitol Police officers on January 6, 2021 are not in vain.
Representative Marie Newman of Illinois Third District said she remained in disbelief that three days after taking the oath she took refuge in her office away from “violent national terrorists, who vandalized, desecrated and forced the course. from the United States Capitol “. ”
“January 6e, 2021 was without a doubt one of the darkest days in modern American history, one that illustrated how fragile our democracy can be. It showed us firsthand what happens when the pushy and dangerous rhetoric of our public leaders is left unchecked. And yet, even with the violence and trauma suffered that day, I know our nation will prevail. This is the same reason why at late hours of that same night we did not return home but rather came together to certify the election of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, “Newman said. in a press release.
âI am blown away that we are a year away yesterday,â said Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger. “Democracies aren’t defined just by their bad days. They’re defined by how they come back from bad days, and that’s where history looks.”
Illinois Representative Mike Quigley called the Capitol uprising “one of the worst attacks on our democracy in history.”
âI am still grateful every day for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police which kept my colleagues and I from harming us that day. They certainly saved my life and I think that ‘they may also have saved our republic, “he added. Quigley said in a statement.
Illinois Representative Brad Schneider recalled a crowd trying to walk through the doors of the House of Congress around the same time last year as lawmakers escaped the attack.
âWe rightly celebrate the victory of democracy over violence last year. But we must also recognize that a year later, many underlying causes of the January 6 tragedy remain, including continued disinformation campaigns, hyperpartisanship and emboldened extremists willing to circumvent our electoral system, âsaid Schneider in a press release.
Several politicians have praised how Congress returned later that night, despite unexpected events earlier today, to solidify the election of President Joe Biden by certifying the electoral vote count.
Chicago Ald. Gilbert Villegas issued the following statement about the attack:
“I was sworn in 34 years ago as the United States Navy to defend our country from all foreign and domestic enemies. Today is a reminder that the authors of the January 6 insurgency against our Capitol savagely and viciously attacked our law enforcement community, our elected officials and our democracy. My oath has no expiration date and as the next Congressman from the 3rd District of Illinois I will protect and defend this country from anyone, at all times, no matter the cost.. “
President Joe Biden, on the anniversary of the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, warned that threats to democracy seen during that invasion did not end when the violence stopped.
Biden in a fiery speech Thursday condemned the “web of lies” spread by former President Donald Trump, blaming him directly for instigating the attackers who tried to overthrow the 2020 election.
“You can’t love your country only when you win. You can’t obey the law only when it’s convenient for you. You can’t be a patriot when you embrace and allow lies,” Biden said in a Capitol speech. .
âThe lies that led to the anger and madness that we saw in this place, they haven’t abated,â Biden said. “We must therefore be firm, determined and inflexible in our defense of the right to vote and that this vote be counted.”
The invasion sparked an unprecedented criminal investigation by the Justice Department and a broad investigation by a bipartisan select committee of the House. The riot, along with an increase in Republican-led efforts to overturn state-level elections, also prompted Democrats to pursue new legislation to strengthen voting rights.
Although Biden did not mention Trump by name, the former president was quick to accuse Biden of “using my name” to distract from his own political challenges. Trump also repeated his false claim that he won the 2020 presidential election, which he lost by more than 6 million voters.