Murkowski reflects on attack on democracy

Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses the 2019 American Federation of Government Employees Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference. (Feb. 11, 2019) Photo courtesy of AFGE/Flickr

Sen. Lisa Murkowski-R Alaska, was among many members of Congress to comment on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, mob attack at the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C.

Here is her message to Alaskans:

“Today marks one year since the U.S. Capitol was stormed by a mob incited by our former president. Those of us who were there to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities can never erase what we saw and heard, nor will we ever forget the desecration and violence that took place. 

“A year later, the sadness and anger of knowing that it was Americans who breached the center of our democracy, to thwart certification of a lawful election, remains with me. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful to our Capitol Police officers, who attempted to hold the line on that awful day to protect Congress and those of us who serve as part of it. I mourn for the individuals we lost and for those who continue to stand watch with injuries, both visible and invisible. My heart is also heavy knowing that American institutions and ideals remain tarnished by this terrible event.

“We cannot ignore the riots of January 6th nor what led up to the insurrection at our Capitol. We must understand so that it is never repeated. Our nation – and especially those who would lead it – must also focus on healing our divisions instead of deepening them. That is the only way we will remain a country committed to civil discourse, the right to peaceably assemble, and, so importantly, the peaceful transition of power.”