RELEASE: A year on from one of the darkest days for American democracy, Democrats in Texas unite and remember attack on our capitol
AUSTIN, Texas – The January 6 Capitol uprising marked one of the darkest days in the history of our democracy, as we saw the Republican leaders of our country inciting a violent siege on our Capitol.
Many Texas Republican leaders * were instrumental in the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising by allegedly helping coordinate the “Stop the Steal” rally that prompted the violent rioters. They worked to sow doubt in the results of the 2020 presidential election and created extreme distrust of our election among angry Trump supporters.
To this day, they continue to broadcast false 2020 election statements, voting to block critical inquiries into the assault, and even protecting and celebrating the violent rioters themselves. January 6 led to an ongoing battle for our rights as Americans and falsely called into question the integrity of our elections.
As we remember the lives lost in the violence on Capitol Hill on January 6, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Today marks the first anniversary of the horrific right-wing attack on our Capitol which resulted in the deaths of five policemen and seriously injured over 100 Capitol policemen. It is essential not to forget what led to those attacks, who was behind them and to call on Republicans to tell their nefarious lies so that nothing like the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising can ever happen again.
“As we remember the events of the day, we are faced with the realization of how fragile our democracy is if it is left unprotected and how in one day former President Donald Trump and his supporters were ready for anything burn to try to stay in power.
“The physical trauma of the riots, while brutal, was only the beginning of a year-long struggle to preserve our democracy. The aftermath of the “big lie” that fueled these attacks led Texas to pass one of the most restrictive election laws in our country. Prove that Texas Republicans will stop at nothing to retain power, even at the expense of our most sacred values as Americans.
While Texas Republicans have spent the past year petting extremists and pampering insurgents, even welcoming many of them with open arms as candidates for Congress and state offices, Democrats have worked to protect the country from the dangerous GOP agenda. We know what is at stake if we sit back and allow the events of January 6 to be erased and rewritten.
“As we celebrate a year since the tragic attack, we remember the lives lost and pay tribute to the brave heroes who defended and protected our Capitol. Texas Democrats remain determined to act, uncover the truth and, above all, protect the American people and our democracy from all who threaten it. “