Rep. Adam Kinzinger Marks One Year Since Jan. 6 Attack
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) marked the one year anniversary of the January 6 attack by penning an op-ed in USA TODAY and by participating in multiple interviews reflecting on the past year.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol, marked the one year anniversary of the January 6 attack by penning an op-ed in USA TODAY and by participating in multiple interviews reflecting on the past year.
The full list of Congressman Kinzinger’s participating in the special coverage surrounding this somber anniversary can be found here on his website, and the document will be updated throughout the next week. And an excerpt from the Congressman’s op-ed can be found below. It can be read in its entirety in today’s print edition of USA TODAY and on their website here.
“What happened last Jan. 6 was a vicious symptom of a cancer that’s been growing for far too long, one that has been fed by anger, fear and hopelessness.
“Some will say it’s time to move on from the Jan.6 insurrection, and I agree. But doing so means we have to learn from and address what happened. We cannot move on by downplaying the attack on our democracy nor by pretending it didn’t even happen. We cannot move on without holding those responsible accountable for their actions and for their incitement of that violence.
“The work of the House select committee will continue to get much-needed answers for the American people by investigating the events of Jan. 6. I'm proud to be part of this important effort, but it's only part of the solution here. What good will a report be if people are told not to accept it – if "leaders" continue to lie to their constituents, feeding into their fears to further line their own pockets. We all have fears, and it’s time we stop letting those in power profit off them and stranglehold us in their political matrix.”
“As we reflect on this anniversary of Jan. 6, let’s have the courage to stand up for America and confront the anger, fear and hopelessness that brought that dark day about so we can ensure it never happens again.
“We are in the fight of our lives. Victory won’t come in a day, but victory will come. And the American people will prove it – like we always have.”
LOOKING BACK ONE YEAR LATER
In reflecting on the one year anniversary of the attack on the United States Capitol, it’s worth looking back to the end result of that day—where democracy held and Members of Congress returned to the House and Senate chambers to complete their constitutional duty and certify the 2020 election results.
On that evening, Congressman Kinzinger spoke on the U.S. House Floor and his message has remained consistent. Please take a few moments to go back and watch his full speech here, where he courageously called out the tone-deaf, cheap political lines being used by some of his colleagues and the dangers of failing to lead or uphold the oath each had taken.