They were not tourists
On January 6, 2021, there was an attempted Coup in the United States of America. Lead by then President Donald Trump, a mass of Americans who had been deceived to believe that the election was “stolen,” ransacked the Capitol at the very moment that the 2020 Presidential election was being confirmed in Congress. As The Electoral College vote was taking place, the very Congressmen and Women who represent us, were under attack. We all saw it live on television. It was violent. Congress was escorted out of the Capitol. Policemen died. A protester was shot. Congressional offices were used as urinals. The mob, which supported Trump, forcefully entered the halls of Congress to try and prevent a peaceful transfer of power. Those are the facts.
Only four months later, Republicans on Capital Hill are trying to rewrite history in record speed.
“Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall, showed people in an orderly fashion in between the stanchions and ropes taking pictures,” Representative Andrew Clyde of Georgia said. “If you didn’t know the footage was from Jan. 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.” (On politics, nytimes.com, 5/16/21)
Facts concerning that awful day cannot be ignored nor rewritten. There was an attempt by Trump to lie his way back into the Oval Office. He encouraged those at his rally to March on the Capitol and prevent a vote from taking place. President Trump was quoted as saying:
“We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” (Trump’s Jan. 6 Speech, A Key Part Of Impeachment Trial, 2/10/21, NPR)
These people were not peaceful tourists. They were angry and violent supporters of Donald Trump intent on stopping a free and fair election.
A Bipartisan Congressional Commission is being formed to investigate how and why this insurrection occurred and who helped coordinate it. We the people need to listen to the facts and encourage our Congress to put in safe guards so such an event does not ever take place again.
Gregory Jarrin, MD,