Crist Statement Marking One Year Since January 6th Insurrection

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) released this statement marking one year since the deadly January 6 Insurrection when a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol as Congress convened to certify President Joe Biden’s election to the Presidency.

“January 6, 2021 was one of the darkest days in American history. Violent extremists not only attacked the Capitol building. They attacked the United States Constitution and democracy itself in an attempt to thwart the certification of a free and fair election. What still alarms many Americans is that those who orchestrated and carried out the attack were not foreign, but domestic.

“Today, my heart aches for the America we all love; yet still, I cannot help but be optimistic. Even in the face of political violence never before seen in our nation, we all witnessed heroism that day. Heroes like Officer Eugene Goodman, who led the violent mob away from the Senate, and Officer Brian Sicknick, who gave his life defending our democracy against the Insurrectionists. I will forever be grateful to the brave officers of the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department who stared down a marauding mob and fought tirelessly that day to defend the Capitol and save lives when our nation needed them most.

“Because of their service and sacrifice, American democracy lived to see another day. The coup failed. Congress reconvened. And following my duty, explicit under the Constitution, I voted to certify Joe Biden's free and fair election to the Presidency of the United States.

“Amid the broken glass, our Republic did not break. Despite the reckless, unlawful efforts by the then-President of the United States, power transferred. The will of the people prevailed. The Constitution lives on.

“As we mark January 6, we must reflect on the obligation we as Americans have to safeguard democracy for our and future generations. We are Americans – first, foremost, and fundamentally. We must never forget the power – or consequence – of our vote. Elections matter. Voting matters. And as we mark the day that so many of our leaders failed to uphold their Oath to protect and defend the Constitution, who we elect must always matter.”

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