Rep. Dwight Evans: Attacks on our democracy didn’t end Jan. 6. We must protect the vote

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Jan. 6, 2021, was a terrible day for our democracy. I was at the U.S. Capitol complex, and it was not simply a “protest,” as some revisionists try to claim. In an attempt to block the certification of a free and fair election, hundreds of rioters attacked police, injuring more than 100 officers. Five people lost their lives that day, and in the days that followed, four officers who responded to the attack took their own lives.

I am grateful to Officers Eugene Goodman, Harry Dunn, Michael Fanone, and all who fought back against the attackers that day. The officers protected more than lawmakers and staff — they protected your democracy.

Many of the rioters have been criminally charged for their actions that day, and some have already pleaded guilty. This is fitting, and the accountability must not stop there. I am pleased that my colleagues who serve on the bipartisan Jan. 6…

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