“What I remember about January 6th is that I started by singing Las Mañanitas, happy birthday to my beautiful state of New Mexico, because January 6th we must remember beauty, it’s also beautiful. is our birthday in our state,” said the US congressman. Teresa Leger Fernandez. “The day turned into violence, turned into an attack.”
A violent and reckless mob of thousands stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC. Five people were killed.
“I recall being angry when I felt that something that I loved so much, our beautiful democracy, had been violently attacked in this way,” said Leger Fernandez.
Representative Melanie Stansbury also shared her account of that day, even though she was not in DC at the time.
She said: “I remember, in horror, watching people expand the walls and enter the building, and all the live news going on on our television.
The impact of the uprising went far beyond Washington, bringing New Mexico State Capitol is on high alert in legislative session.
“The fence had to go around the state Capitol, the National Guard and state police were deployed, and it was really scary in the days and weeks that followed,” Stansbury said. Our country is divided at seams. “
New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Luján said the horrific attack did not stop leaders on Capitol Hill from returning to the room that night and completing the Electoral College vote count.
“We have made it clear that we will not hide our fear, instead we will have the opportunity to do the work that we were sent here to do,” he said.
A lot of work has been done in the past year to pick up the pieces. Democratic leaders say their plan to strengthen our democracy is to pass a wave of bills expanding voter access. Meanwhile, Republican leaders say Democrats should focus more on strengthening Capitol security.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/one-year-later-new-mexico-lawmakers-reflect-on-jan-6-attack/6351431/?cat=500 A Year Later: New Mexico Lawmakers Reflect on January 6 Attacks