Speaking earlier today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11) had the following to say about this morning’s first meeting of the House committee on the 1/6/21 pro-Trump, violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
- The testimony this morning was “gripping…disturbing…in some ways disheartening to think that these men and women who were protecting the Capitol of the United States would go through this kind of trauma and violence, and have that experience actually denied by members on the other side of the aisle.”
- “I can only imagine the sense of distress [the police officers are] experiencing with the denial that’s going on in the ranks of the Republican caucus right now.”
- “Unfortunately, President Trump really refined gaslighting in American politics…don’t believe what you see or what you hear with your own eyes or ears, believe what I tell you. And that is what they’re doing right now, they’re gaslighting what happened on January 6th…They want you to believe this was really just an overzealous tourist group.”
- What does the committee need to accomplish? “Identifying how [the insurrection] happened, who planned it, which groups were frankly conspiring for months…We need to know comprehensively how did that happen, who was involved, who led it, who planned it, what was the role of President Trump in inciting it – and others as well, including potentially some members here in Congress – and what can we do to hold them to account and to make sure this can never be repeated.”