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Congressman Anthony Brown Marks the One-Year Anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection

“We cannot normalize this day or minimize it. The way forward is by taking action to preserve the institutions and principles we have sworn to protect and uphold.”

“One year ago, our Capitol and our democracy were attacked by a violent mob of insurrectionists encouraged by the former president. Their goal was clear - overturn the results of a free and fair election through intimidation and force. They failed, but the cracks and vulnerabilities in our nation’s institutions were exposed. We cannot let lies go unchallenged, nor diminish the threat of political violence which continues to hang over our government institutions."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection:

“One year ago, our Capitol and our democracy were attacked by a violent mob of insurrectionists encouraged by the former president. Their goal was clear - overturn the results of a free and fair election through intimidation and force. They failed, but the cracks and vulnerabilities in our nation’s institutions were exposed. We cannot let lies go unchallenged, nor diminish the threat of political violence which continues to hang over our government institutions.

“These threats are a clear danger to our national security that we cannot ignore. As we continue our work to hold the perpetrators of the January 6th attack accountable, we must also acknowledge the threat extremism poses in our nation’s military. When one in ten individuals charged in the Capitol riot is known to have a military background and extremists actively target our men and women in uniform, we have a problem that demands action at every level. We must ensure there is an enduring commitment that extremism has no place in our Armed Forces or our national life.

“Republicans around the country are making it harder for Americans to vote and hold their elected leaders accountable. Whether through efforts to disenfranchise voters of color or plans to override the will of the voters and hold onto power, we need to call out these anti-democratic actions for what they are and respond with policies that will strengthen our democracy and faith in our elections. 

“The January 6th insurrection resulted in the deaths of at least five Americans. The actions of these rioters put the lives of Capitol police officers, custodial staff, food service workers, legislative aides and lawmakers at risk. Republicans, Independents, Democrats, public servants who go to work each day to serve at the highest levels of our government and make our communities better. We cannot normalize this day or minimize it. The way forward is by taking action to preserve the institutions and principles we have sworn to protect and uphold.”

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