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Protestors at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. (Photo: James Watt).

Statements on 2nd Anniversary of January 6 Protest at U.S. Capitol

By David Wildstein, January 06 2023 10:30 am


“January 6th, 2021 was among the darkest days in American history. We watched, aghast, as a violent mob —called to action by former President Trump —sought to prevent the democratic transition of power, assassinate elected officials, and undermine the Constitution. The insurrectionists attacked law enforcement officers, including fallen hero and New Jersey native Brian Sicknick, and desecrated the halls of Congress, demonstrating contempt for the rule of law and democracy itself.

“Since that day, Congress has taken the first steps to prevent the events of Jan. 6th from repeating themselves, but we must do more to protect our democratic institutions. With the recent passage of the Electoral Count Act, we took important bipartisan action, however, the presence of election deniers in Congress and throughout state governments represents a continued threat to our democracy. It is incumbent on every single person in this nation to do their part to defend our democracy. Every single one of us must guard against those who would erode its tenets and its promise for political gain. As we have seen around the world, it only takes a few demagogues, a small group of radical extremists emboldened by autocrats, dictators, and those drawn to fascism and nationalism, to destroy the democratic principles and norms we have always taken for granted.

“So today, let us remember and recommit to the oath that every federal official, every servicemember, and every new U.S. citizen swears to uphold: to support and defend the sacred Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We do this by calling out those who refuse to accept defeat in a free and fair election. And we do this by rejecting not only those who sow deep distrust in the integrity of our elections, but those who provide them a platform as well.”


“Two years ago, the very heart of our democracy was viciously attacked. The images of the January 6th insurrection are seared into our minds– the chaos fed by lies, the vandalism of our Capitol, the violence of the armed mob, and the bravery of the Capitol Police. They are what drive our work to protect and preserve America’s fragile and precious democratic experiment.
“To the Officers who served that day, including New Jersey native Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life defending his country, we remember and honor you.
“As helpless as we may have felt watching the events of January 6th unfold, in the two years since, we have taken decisive legislative action to strengthen our democracy. In New Jersey, voting rights and access to the ballot are sacrosanct. In New Jersey, laws are crafted to honor the Constitution and protect the rights of our residents to live not just in freedom but in safety. And in New Jersey we are the first state to ensure that our kids, and the generations to come, possess the skills needed to discern fact from fiction and reject disinformation.

“The road toward healing the division in our nation is a long one, but we have begun the journey. And, as stewards of the greatest democracy in the world, there is no challenge we won’t overcome to protect it and pass it on to the next generation of Americans.”


“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two years since our country was violently attacked. On this day in 2021, a violent mob gathered at the U.S. Capitol building set on overthrowing a fair and free election that they didn’t agree with. What makes it worse is that these people were encouraged and provoked by some of our very own leaders including former President Donald Trump. They carried weapons, white nationalist emblems, confederate flags, and Trump campaign material while they destroyed property and threatened the lives of elected officials, journalists and police officers who were just doing their jobs.

January 6, 2021, is a day that will live in infamy in our nation. It’s a day we must reflect on because we know that those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. The U.S. Constitution, carefully crafted in 1789, created the guiderails for good governance and on this day, an armed mob attempted to destroy it. The scars left by this incident will serve as a reminder of just how fragile our democracy is and continues to be. So today, on the two-year anniversary of the insurrection, please take a moment to think about we can protect our precious democracy and most importantly, keep those who were directly impacted by this catastrophic scene in your thoughts.


“Two years ago, insurrectionists waged a violent assault on the Capitol, Congress, and our Constitution – spurred on by Trump.“Today, I joined Leader Jeffries and House Democrats to remember the police officers who lost their lives and those that were injured protecting the Capitol.“We can never again allow such an assault on the peaceful transfer of power.“I commend the bipartisan January 6th Committee’s work and its final report which contained numerous recommendations on safeguarding our democracy against those who wish to destroy it.”

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