Congressional Republicans reflect on one year since January 6 capitol riots

Pro-Trump supporters break down barricades and storm U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Pro-Trump supporters break down barricades and storm U.S. Capitol on January 6.(ZUMA / MGN)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 1:29 PM CST
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(Heart of Illinois ABC) -

“What happened last Jan. 6 was a vicious symptom of a cancer that’s been growing for far too long, one that has been fed by anger, fear and hopelessness.

“Some will say it’s time to move on from the Jan.6 insurrection, and I agree. But doing so means we have to learn from and address what happened. We cannot move on by downplaying the attack on our democracy nor by pretending it didn’t even happen. We cannot move on without holding those responsible accountable for their actions and for their incitement of that violence.

“The work of the House select committee will continue to get much-needed answers for the American people by investigating the events of Jan. 6. I'm proud to be part of this important effort, but it's only part of the solution here. What good will a report be if people are told not to accept it – if "leaders" continue to lie to their constituents, feeding into their fears to further line their own pockets. We all have fears, and it’s time we stop letting those in power profit off them and stranglehold us in their political matrix.”

“As we reflect on this anniversary of Jan. 6, let’s have the courage to stand up for America and confront the anger, fear and hopelessness that brought that dark day about so we can ensure it never happens again.

“We are in the fight of our lives. Victory won’t come in a day, but victory will come. And the American people will prove it – like we always have.”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger

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