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“An assault against democracy”: Massachusetts lawmaker reflects on the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection

Democratic Senator Ed Markey called the riot ‘unprecedented in the history of our country.’
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 4:56 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Reflecting back on the deadly insurrection that occurred at the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Democrat Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts calls the riot an “assault against democracy.”

“That was a day that we saw an assault against democracy that was unprecedented in the history of our country and I felt it because I was there,” said Sen. Markey.

Sen. Markey remembered hearing over the intercom to lock all doors and windows and to not go in the corridor as the insurrection began. A House Select Committee is investigating what started the incident. It is unclear when the report will be released.

Sen. Markey hasn’t minced words over how he feels and whom he believes needs to be held accountable.

“Donald Trump was the architect of what we saw at the Capitol in 2021. And he continues to be the architect of the assault upon democracy,” said Markey.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released this statement on the January 6, 2021 insurrection:

“January 6th, 2021 was a dark day for Congress and our country. The United States Capitol, the seat of the first branch of our federal government, was stormed by criminals who brutalized police officers and used force to try to stop Congress from doing its job. This disgraceful scene was antithetical to the rule of law. One year later, I am as grateful as ever for the brave men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who served our institution bravely that day and every day since. I continue to support justice for those who broke the law.

“As I said yesterday, it has been stunning to see some Washington Democrats try to exploit this anniversary to advance partisan policy goals that long predated this event. It is especially jaw-dropping to hear some Senate Democrats invoke the mob’s attempt to disrupt our country’s norms, rules, and institutions as a justification to discard our norms, rules, and institutions themselves.

“A year ago today, the Senate did not bend or break. We stuck together, stood strong, gaveled back in, and did our job. Senators should not be trying to exploit this anniversary to damage the Senate in a different way from within.”

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