BY THE VILLAGE SUN | January 6 today is known as a date of shame and infamy — a day when an angry, violent mob of more than 2,000 Donald Trump supporters stormed our nation’s Capitol, trying to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election as president.
Now, two years later, Dan Goldman, the newly elected congressmember for Downtown Manhattan’s 10th District, wants to flip the script on Jan. 6 in a positive way. Turning orange into lemonade…er, lemons into lemonade…he and two colleagues have introduced legislation on the Hill to officially dub the date Democracy Day.
Goldman was the House majority’s lead counsel in Trump’s first impeachment trial.
“On this solemn anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, let us not forget that those in the House that fomented the attack on our democracy that day are still — today — undermining our democracy by failing to organize the Congress,” Goldman said.
He was referring to the deadlocked vote to elect the House speaker, which was dragging out in a historically long manner.
“The forces of authoritarian extremism have not loosened their grip on the Republican Party in the two years since former President Donald Trump incited a violent insurrection in a last, desperate attempt to overturn the results of a Presidential election to remain in power,” Goldman said.
“That is why we must remain vigilant in the fight to preserve and protect our democracy. This fight is far from over but it is an existential one.
“To mark this anniversary, I have announced my intention to work with two of my Democratic colleagues, Representatives Dean Phillips and Jason Crow, to introduce legislation that will permanently designate January 6 as Democracy Day.
“Doing so is a necessary step to ensuring that the horrific attack on the cradle of our democracy is never forgotten. Let this anniversary always guide us to strengthen our values and institutions, as we engage in the hard but important work to turn tragedy into purpose.”
After Kevin McCarthy finally was elected speaker late Friday night, on the 15th vote, Goldman blasted him as a disgrace.
“Unfortunately, in order to end this sad chapter in American history, Republicans have elevated to speaker of the House an election denier and Trump sycophant — Kevin McCarthy,” he said.
“There is a direct through-line,” he said, “from the events of this day, January 6, two years ago, when House Republicans tried to interfere with our Democracy, to today, when many of those same House Republicans continue to interfere with our Democracy.
“This week has laid bare that those right-wing extremists are driving the Republican bus. This is a party that has repeatedly proven that they are simply incapable of governing responsibly.
“The results of the 2022 midterm elections, in which election-deniers and right-wing extremists were rejected across the country, make clear that the American people have no appetite for their brand of destructive politics.
“If Republicans do as they have promised, and remain focused on frivolous investigations of laptops or policy disagreement rather than delivering real results for their constituents, they will be in for a rude awakening at the ballot box in 2024.”