U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, on Saturday, released the following statement acknowledging the third anniversary of the deadly January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol:
“Today we solemnly observe three years since insurrectionists waged a violent and deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol at the direction of Donald Trump to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power and overturn the 2020 election. I join in expressing my endless gratitude to the over 140 law enforcement officials who were assaulted while defending democracy on that fateful day, including those who lost their lives.
“For me, the memory of January 6th is one that will remain seared in my brain. I will never forget the feeling of dread or the thunderous sound of impending violence as I laid on the floor of the House Gallery. January 6th was a test of our democracy. While the insurrections did not achieve their goal, the very fabric of our nation remains under threat by an extremist movement that does not share our values.
“We as elected officials have a moral obligation to put the interests of the nation above any one individual or political party. It is our job to uphold the Constitution and safeguard our democratic ideals, not trample on them.
“As we move forward, we must remember that there can be no healing without accountability.”