Recollections from the Capitol: 23 women lawmakers on January 6
On January 6, a mob of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and temporarily halted the certification of the legitimate results of the 2020 election. Hundreds of rioters entered the building while Congress was at work and fought with police, smashed windows and ransacked offices.
Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas: “I could see their faces through the broken glass on the door, and I remember feeling very afraid for the police because I thought they were going to get shot in the head.” Read more.
Rep. Susie Lee of Nevada: “I had to turn the TV off because it was triggering to hear that noise and hear how much danger we were really in. That’s when I broke down. And now I have to ask myself, ‘Am I even safe in my own district? In my own home?'” Read more.
Rep. Jackie Speier of California: “I placed my cheek on the marble floor and thought, ‘Oh my God, I have survived the jungles of Guyana and here I am, in my own country, in this tabernacle of democracy, and I may be losing my life.'” Read more.
Rep. Norma Torres of California: “During this time, my son, who is a police officer, called me. I answered the phone and said, ‘Sweetheart, I’m fine, and I’m running for my life. I cannot talk to you right now.'” Read more.