It’s the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6, 2022. Just as we did last year, Technical.ly is looking at what our lawmakers in Delaware are saying about the shocking attack.
In 2021, we included news coverage of what local lawmakers, especially those who were there in the Capitol when it happened, were saying. Across Technical.ly’s markets, we also covered why companies halted campaign donations, why some of us were not surprised by the event, how to talk to your team about it and more:
Today marks the anniversary of the Capitol insurrection.
Last year, https://t.co/f3onoCIffR covered the event's effects on civic and business life — why companies halted campaign donations, the efforts of Big Tech to boot Parler, and how to talk to your team about it all: pic.twitter.com/Z5Q3jiF1Hq
— Technical.ly (@Technical_ly) January 6, 2022
This year, most state and local Delaware lawmakers didn’t tweet about the anniversary (that we saw), though all three of Delaware’s federal congresspeople did.
Sen. Tom Carper was direct:
January 6th was a premeditated, coordinated, and violent effort to overturn our election.
We owe it to the American people to hold all those responsible to account. Our democracy demands no less.
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) January 6, 2022
Sen. Chris Coons was not going to be held back by Twitter’s word limit. He released a statement that stresses healing and bipartisanship, but it directly calls out Trump for “egging on” the mob that sought to stop the certification.
My statement on the anniversary of January 6, 2021. pic.twitter.com/gjEVXt74tU
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) January 6, 2022
Our one and only representative in the House, Lisa Blunt Rochester, who was famously seen praying as the mob tried to violently break in to the House Chambers, posted a clip of a Good Morning America piece where she and other survivors talked about the trauma of Jan. 6 — and recommitted herself to democracy.
I sat down with my colleagues who were in the House gallery on January 6th to reflect on what it was like to experience that day and the bond we formed after. But today is also about recommitting ourselves to our democracy and to each other. pic.twitter.com/wFpdXA0sbv
— Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (@RepLBR) January 6, 2022
Not a lot of state senators tweeted about the anniversary that we saw. It’s not a surprise that one of the few who did was Sen. Sarah McBride, who is known for speaking her mind and not holding back:
If Trump Republicans don't want to be associated with an attempted coup perhaps they shouldn't have associated themselves with an attempted coup.
— Sen. Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) January 6, 2022
State Sen. Marie Pinkney posted a frank thread to mark the anniversary, where she cautioned people about being optimistic without learning from the lessons of that day. (Recommendation: Read the whole thing.)
This time last year, I was getting ready for my first Legislative Session as a new state Senator. I turned on the news, and I saw domestic terrorists storming the Capitol in Washington.
— Sen. Marie Pinkney (@Marie4Senate) January 6, 2022
State Sen. Bryan Townsend shared a message by civil rights advocate Bernice King:
Remember Officer Eugene Goodman today. pic.twitter.com/kukLXP053N
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 6, 2022
And finally, President Joe Biden, who is, of course, the leader of the entire nation, but will always be tied to Delaware nevertheless: In addition to a speech to mark the day, he tweeted this:
You can’t love your country only when you win.
You can't obey the law only when it's convenient.
You can't be patriotic when you embrace or enable lies.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 6, 2022