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Memories of Jan. 6 attack on the U.S Capitol still haunt Connecticut senator

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said he fears another event similar to Jan. 6 could happen again.
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 1:26 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A year removed from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers are remembering the violence and the lives lost. On that day rioters broke in, clashed with police, damaged the building, and temporarily stopped the 2020 Presidential election from being certified.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said memories of that day still haunt him.

Blumenthal said, “Being rushed by police officers… guns drawn… down the hallway through a tunnel to a safe place.”

Blumenthal and the rest of the Senate was evacuated on Jan. 6 once it became clear Capitol Police were losing control, and that rioters were moments away from entering the chamber.

Blumenthal said he remembers being with fellow Democrats and Republicans in a safe place, and how there was a sense of unity among senators to return and complete the election certification.

He said, “What haunts me still is returning to the floor of the Senate to continue counting the votes and realizing how close we came to losing our democracy in that afternoon of terror.”

Blumenthal blames former President Donald Trump for stoking conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen and said he doesn’t believe the threat to the U.S democracy is over because many people still believe the election was fraudulent.

Blumenthal said, “I am deeply worried, fearful that it will happen again.”

Blumenthal’s fears are shared by others. A recent Axios-Momentive poll found 57% of Americans believe events like Jan. 6 are likely to happen again.

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