Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday urging him to use his executive authority to recognize Jan. 6, the day an insurrectionist mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, as a “National Day of Healing.”
In the letter, the New York Democrat pointed out that the combined trauma from the 2020 presidential election, the Jan. 6 insurrection, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been left unaddressed — and designating a day can help focus efforts toward healing.
“Four years of Donald Trump was incredibly traumatic for many people,” Bowman told HuffPost. He explained that his experience as an educator and with using restorative practices in the classroom led him to propose a nationwide healing initiative.
“In less than a year since the insurrection, Republicans have already begun to rewrite the history of that painful day,” Bowman said in the letter, arguing…