Raskin gives personal experience story on January 6: “This can’t be our future”

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“I hope this trial reminds America how personal democracy is and how personal it is to lose democracy,” Raskin began.

Raskin described his family reassuring his son, Tommy, who had died of suicide less than a week earlier, just the day before January 6, and called it “the saddest day of our lives.”

Despite his grief over his son’s death, Raskin said he was determined to return to work on Jan. 6 and serve as one of the leading Democrats to argue against Republicans against the Electoral College count. He invited Tabitha’s daughter and son-in-law, Hank, to join him in watching the proceedings, insisting that it be safe despite the protests.

“They wanted to be with me for our family in the middle of a devastating week,” Raskin said. “Rather, I invited them to come with me to witness this historic event, America’s peaceful transfer of power.”

Raskin described the preparation for the daily majority procedure in the majority leader of the House Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerCongress tightens the right to stimulus control Minimum wage push triggers democratic division Reminder: Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn’t sink MORE(D-Md.) Office next to the floor of the house when dozens of colleagues from both sides stopped expressing their condolences.

“I felt raised from the torment,” Raskin said slowly. “And to my tears, I was working on the speech that was on the floor when we would all be together in a meeting.”

Later, Raskin’s daughter and son-in-law went to the House Chamber and watched the discussion of the discussion from the visitors ’gallery. They eventually went back to Hoyer’s office before they knew the Capitol had been violated.

Raskin described what it was like to be in the chamber of a house when he was locked up, torn from his family, and heard colleagues afraid of their lives.

“I couldn’t get out to be with them in that office,” Raskin said. “And people around me called their wives and husbands, loved ones, to say goodbye.”

He recalled how lawmakers removed congressional taps in order to identify themselves less in front of the crowd and were instructed to put on gas masks. He noted that the pastor of the house said a prayer.

“And then there was a sound I’ll never forget, the sound of a knock like a ramshackling, the most haunting sound I’ve ever heard, and I’ll never forget,” Raskin said, shaking his head.

His chief of staff was with his daughter and son-in-law while being barricaded in Hoyer’s office for more than an hour before police rescued them.

“The kids hid under the desk and thought they had the final texts and whispered on the phone to say goodbye. They thought they were going to die.”

Eventually, Raskin reunited with his family. He remembered hugging them and apologizing to his daughter.

“I told him how sorry I was, and I promised him it wouldn’t be the next time he came back to the Capitol with me. And you know what he said? He said, ‘Dad, I don’t want to come back to the Capitol,'” Raskin said, bursting into tears.

“Of the horrible, brutal things I’ve seen and heard that day and since, this has hit me the hardest,” he said. “This and watching someone use an American flagpole, the flag still on it, to ruthlessly, ruthlessly spear and pound one of our police officers. He was tortured on a column with a flag on it that he protected with his life.”

Raskin stressed the extraordinary trauma the police had suffered from the fight against the violent mob, pointing to officers with brain-damaged, dimmed eyes, heart attacks and lost fingers. Two other officers – one from the Capitol and the other from the Metropolitan Police Headquarters – died by suicide shortly after January 6th.

“Senators, this cannot be our future. This cannot be America’s future,” Raskin said.

The first day of the Senate indictment – a year later against the second Trump – focuses on the arguments of both parties regarding the constitutionality of the proceedings. Trump’s lawyers argue that Trump did not incite the riot, his speech was defended by the First Amendment, and the lawsuit is unconstitutional because the former president is no longer in office.

Raskin and other leaders of the prosecution point to a congressional precedent that they consider dismissal proceedings against a former official who resigned, and argue that there should be no “January exception” that would allow presidents to spend their last days in office. to commit incriminating conduct during.

“Presidents cannot incite and mobilize mass violence against the government and our institutions because they are unwilling to accept the will of the people under the U.S. Constitution. We can do much less to create a new ‘January exception’ in our precious, beloved constitution. generations have died and fought for it to give corrupt presidents more weeks to get away with whatever they want, ”Raskin said.