AUSTIN, Texas — The January 6th Capitol Insurrection marked one of the darkest days in our democracy’s history, as we witnessed our nation’s own Republican leaders incite a violent siege on our Capitol.
Many Republican leaders from Texas* played a critical role in the January 6th Capitol Insurrection by allegedly helping coordinate the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that incited the violent rioters. They worked to sow doubt in the results of the 2020 Presidential Election and spurred extreme distrust in our elections among angry Trump supporters.
To this day they continue to spread false 2020 election claims, voting to block critical investigations into the assault, and even protecting and celebrating the violent rioters themselves. January 6 has led to an ongoing battle over our rights as Americans and falsely called into question the integrity of our elections.
As we remember the lives lost as a result of the violence at the Capitol on January 6, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:
“Today marks the one year anniversary of the horrific right-wing attack on our Capitol that led to the deaths of as many as five police officers and severe injuries to more than a hundred Capitol police officers. It’s critical that we not forget what led to these attacks, who was behind them and call out Republicans on their harmful lies so that nothing like the January 6 Capitol Insurrection can ever happen again.
“As we remember the events of the day we are faced with the realization of how fragile our Democracy can be if not protected and how in one day, former president Donald Trump along with his supporters were willing to burn it all down in an attempt to stay in power.
“The physical trauma from the riots-though brutal, were just the beginning of a year-long and ongoing fight to preserve our Democracy. The consequences of the ‘big lie’ that fueled these attacks has led to Texas passing one of the most restrictive voting laws in our country. Proving that Texas Republicans will stop at nothing to keep their power-even at the expense of our most sacred values as Americans.
“While Texas Republicans have spent the last year pandering to extremist, and coddling insurrectionists, even welcoming a slew of them with open arms as candidates for Congress and statewide offices, Democrats have worked to protect the country from the GOP’s dangerous agenda. We know what is at stake if we sit by and allow the events of January 6 to be erased and rewritten.
“As we mark one year since the tragic attack, we remember the lives lost and honor the brave heroes who defended and protected our Capitol. Texas Democrats remain committed to taking action, uncovering the truth, and above all else, protecting the American people and our democracy from all those who threaten it.”