George Santayana, a Spanish-American philosopher, famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Three years ago today, I sheltered in place as a deadly assault on our nation’s Capitol took place—one that sought to overthrow our democracy and forcibly place Donald Trump back in the Oval Office, despite the fact he lost the 2020 presidential election.
Having lived through it, I can tell you that it’s something that I won’t ever forget. There are so many firsthand accounts of how terrifying it was, knowing insurrectionists were rushing through the halls of Congress, looking for elected officials they considered their targets.
Despite what many of us lived through during the ordeal, much of the country turned the page on that day, citing it as the final chapter in the horror story of Trump’s presidency.
But it wasn’t the end of anything. In fact, it could be a prelude. As we begin 2024, we’re confronted with a crucial election year during which Trump is not only running for office again—he’s often ahead in the polls.
We have to remember our history accurately to avoid repeating it. With the threat of a second Trump presidency at hand, we can’t forget what happened on January 6th.
Trump and MAGA Republicans in Congress are still trying to rewrite history—falsely claiming that Trump won the election, that the people who swarmed the Capitol were patriots, and that none of them did anything wrong.
The truth: the January 6th insurrection was the result of a criminal conspiracy against our country and our democratic institutions. It was the violent culmination of months of lies and illegal attempts to overturn the will of the people. It didn’t begin or end on that day.
That’s the history we need to remember if we’re going to make sure Trump doesn’t win in November.
Watch and remember with us what happened on January 6th: