Today marks the three-year anniversary of the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. The violent attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power from one President to another, something our country has held out to the rest of the world as a sign that democracy can work, was appalling.
Donald Trump and his inner circle’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election live with us. But we will not let democracy be taken away. That’s why we’re working harder than ever to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, so we have people in the White House, in the Capitol, in Springfield, and in Lake County, who know our country should be a democracy, not a playground for Donald Trump to do whatever he wants to anyone he wants, as he seeks personal revenge and puts his own interests above the people’s.
I don’t need to say much more about January 6th. Many images from that day stick with me, and I’m sure you can close your eyes and imagine several as well. It hits close to home – and in more ways than one. Some people who stormed the Capitol that day were from our area. And the photo below, taken on January 6th, resonated with a lot of folks. It includes our very own Congressman Brad Schneider, whose 10th District includes most of Lake County, when members of Congress were told to take cover during the attack.
January 6th wasn’t abstract. It involved real people. And that means it’s up to us to make sure we have those in office who will defend, not attack, democracy. Join me in continuing that effort today and everyday. You can chip in here to help us have resources for 2024, but please stand up in any way you can. Our democracy is worth it but we can’t sit back and take it for granted.
Lauren Beth Gash
Chair, Lake County Democrats