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Asian Americans in Congress remember January 6 Capitol Riots

By Louis Chan, AsAmNews National Correspondent

Rep Andy Kim (D-NJ) along with other Asian American members of Congress took to Twitter to speak out against the Capitol Insurrection on the first anniversary of that historic day.

Kim gained national attention when photos surfaced of him cleaning up the debris and broken glass just hours after the smoke cleared on January 6.

On Wednesday, Kim reminded Republican leaders what they said after the riots and openly wondered how they have since developed “amnesia.”

He called out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who Kim quoted as saying that night “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

He also recalled quotes from House Minority Leader Rep Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Vice President Pence, and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina).

Rep. Mark Takano expressed hope that “we can begin to find the courage and persistence to break this fever of division in our country.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called January 6 “the dark day that former President Trump incited.”

Rep. Prmila Jayapal says she remembers “not knowing if I would make it out alive. There must be justice,” she said.

Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi says “we cannot forget that President Trump drove the tragic events of that day.”

Rep Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) who announced she will not run for a fifth term said “we will not back down until we find the truth.”

Rep Ted Lieu said “no one is above the law in America.”

Republicans have been largely silent about this anniversary, including Rep Michelle Steel (R-CA) and Rep Young Kim (R-CA). Former President Trump had planned a news conference for January 6, but cancelled it at the urging of Republican leaders.

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