Here’s What Charlie Baker Said About the January 6th Anniversary of the Capital Riot

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“Every citizen, and most importantly every public official, must defend that system so that the motto is always true.”

The Capitol Building at sunrise on Thursday. El Drago / The New York Times

In the hours following last year’s January 6 riots by Donald Trump supporters at the Capitol, Governor Charlie Baker laid the blame squarely on the feet of the now-former president and fellow Republican for the violence.

A year later, Baker says that day will live in infamy “forever”.

The Massachusetts governor called it a “disgusting attempt” by Trump and his allies to undo “what generations of Americans fought for and killed” and said the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election “will forever change the history of this country.” Will stain for.”

Baker thanked Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers for stepping up to the violence and eventually restoring order.

Afterwards wrong in the beginning Capitol police officer and North Adams native William Evans, who was killed in April when a car rammed into his barricade, “lost his life that day,” Baker said Thursday, amending his statement that Evans was among the officers who “lost their lives” defending the Capitol last year. Five other Capitol police officers killed even after the attack, of whom four died by suicide; Four members of the pro-Trump crowd also died that day.

Baker said that “citizens across the country” helped “remove the forces that are threatening the democratic process and see through a fair, transparent election to the world’s most powerful office.”

“One of many, our nation’s motto is still an apt description of America’s system of government, but just as those patriots fought to secure the right to self-government, every citizen and most importantly every public The officer should protect this system so that the motto always rings true,” he said.

Some Massachusetts lawmakers say the threat to democracy is not over.

In a speech Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Elizabeth Warren pointed to states across the country where “Republican legislatures make it harder to vote.”

“Just as the former president was clear that he wanted to reverse the results of the election, Trump and his allies are completely transparent about their goal of reversing future elections,” Warren said. “Today, Republican opponents of democracy are exploiting every possible avenue to allow their party to retain control—even if it means eroding the will of the American people.”

In a Greeley Tribune Globe Essay, rape. Jim McGovern, a Worcester Democrat who was at the center of the chaos on January 6 last year, wrote that “the coup is still underway.” McGovern points to last year’s enactment at least 34 laws With provisions restricting voting rights in 19 states.

“Those who built a crusade to steal the 2020 election know how and why they failed,” McGovern wrote on Wednesday. “They are laying the groundwork for successfully reversing the next election.”

Anniversary Comes as Senate Democrats Consider Changing the Chamber’s filibuster rules to allow voting rights bills to be passed by a simple majority.

“My view on this is simple,” Warren said on Wednesday. “We didn’t swear to defend a procedural rule like the filibuster, which has been a tool of racial segregation and Jim Crow. We took an oath to defend the Constitution. When Senate rules get in the way of voting rights legislation, those The rules must be changed.”

Revere Democrat and Assistant House Speaker Rep. Katherine Clark echoed that call. a newsweek op-ed, says the way to respond to the January 6 attack is to “eliminate the filibuster”, which he said has been “weaponized” against voting rights, as it moves from a personal stalking tactic to “a routine, 60-vote supremacy”. Requirement for almost every law. ,

“The Capital Building has been repaired,” Clark wrote Thursday. “But the threats we face are as real now as they were a year ago.”