When a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) was among a group of a few dozen lawmakers and staff on the floor of the State House -United, a few steps from the insurgents who were hammering on the bedroom doors in an attempt to violently overthrow the federal government.
In no time at all, this group was transported to a secure room, where they awaited the rest of the attack. Hours later, the House returned to the same location to complete the work of certifying the Electoral College results, where Connolly saw 121 of his fellow Republicans come forward to vote in favor of overturning the election results. of 2020 – precisely what the crowd was threatening Congress with. make.
For the Virginia Democrat, and many of his colleagues, it’s a vote, and someday those Republicans can’t come back. “I don’t see how we’re going back to business as usual,” Connolly told The Daily Beast. “You are not just a colleague on the other side that I oppose politically – you are someone who is willing to associate you with a threat to my life, the lives of my staff and my family. It radically changes relationships. And I don’t know how we’re going to fix this breach.
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