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Most reasonable people would agree...

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the January 6th attacks on our Capitol. As one of the last people evacuated off the House floor that day, I feel responsible to preserve the crucial memory of what exactly happened: an attack on our democracy.

The insurrectionists who stormed Congress had the explicit goal of overturning the results of a free and fair election in order to seize power for Donald Trump.

It didn't take long for my Republican colleagues to be shaken out of their (very understandable) shock and get straight to work lying to the American people about the events that just occurred.

Now, most reasonable people would agree that GOP members in the House and Senate have been anything but reasonable in their attempts to absolve the party of their complicity in the attacks. They've gone as far as promoting wild conspiracy theories about undercover federal agents posing as Trump supporters and minimizing the attacks as "a regular tourist visit."

The truth is, the Republican party is ashamed. And they should be! They want you to forget that they radicalized homegrown fascists with lies and capitalized on fear to try and win elections. Guess what? It didn't work, and now the chickens have come home to roost.

Republicans in Congress are trying to rewrite history so that we forget exactly how far they were willing to go to seize power, but we can't let them. It's up to us to combat their revisionist history by continuing to shout the truth: MAGA Republicans incited an insurrection.

For me, this reinforces the duty that we have as Americans and believers in democracy, to create an accurate memory of the day.

I know that I remain as committed as I was 3 years ago to ensure that such an attack never happens again. We owe it to ourselves, to one another, and to our country to fight against the GOP's enabling of fascism.

Together in this fight,


Posted on January 5, 2024.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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