WASHIINGTON – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement on the third anniversary of the January 6th insurrection:
“Three years ago today, we witnessed the deadliest and most destructive attack on our Capitol since the War of 1812. What happened on January 6, 2021 was a violent insurrection — an attempt to stop the certification of a free and fair election.
“After the House floor was cleared that day, I was left trapped in the Gallery with about 30 other members. I remember hearing the pounding on the doors, the shouting and screaming of both those trying to overrun the institution and those putting their lives on the line to defend it.
“I wasn’t sure I would make it out alive, and some of the brave officers who fought to protect us tragically lost their lives. The sacrifices they made for our country will never be forgotten, and I am eternally grateful to all those who helped preserve our democracy that day.
“But the horrific events didn’t stop after January 6th — the former president and many in his party continue to this day to fan the flames of political violence. This led to events around the country, including a man showing up to my home with a gun, shouting threats and profanities.
“The January 6th Committee did amazing work, uncovering disturbing details and showing the nation just how close we were to losing our democracy that day. The Department of Justice has also continued to hold those who stormed the Capitol accountable — a necessary step in ensuring this never happens again.
“As a Member of Congress, I see democracy at work almost everyday, and it is a beautiful thing. Those who attempt to undermine and destroy it have zero business in places of power — not the House, not the Senate, and certainly not the presidency.
“Democracy is sacred. It is a principle we must consistently engage with as we work to protect and improve America. Three years after the horrific events of January 6th, I am grateful for the democracy we still have and am more committed than ever to defending its existence.
“We all must remember that Jan 6th, 2025 may be right around the corner as we move into another presidential election. Almost a third of Americans still believe Donald Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen. We must all stand up and work to protect our democracy and remember just how fragile it is.”
Jayapal was trapped in the House Gallery on January 6th, after many members had been evacuated from the chamber. In the aftermath, she has been a vocal critic of President Trump’s role in the insurrection and joins a group of members that are suing the former President for his role that day.