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Contact:
Jane Moore
jane@kansasdems.org
January 6, 2022 

ONE YEAR LATER: KDP REFLECTS ON ANNIVERSARY OF JAN 6 CAPITOL ATTACK

Topeka, KS —  One year ago today, our country watched in horror as armed insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol in the name of former President Donald Trump with the intent to harm or even kill our representatives for doing their constitutional duty of certifying the 2020 election results. The violence incited by far-right extremists led to five deaths, including law enforcement officers, and hundreds were injured. After four years of Trump’s turbulent and hateful presidency, the attack demonstrated the dangerous consequences of politicians who would soon rather incite violence than abide by democracy and the rule of law.

The armed insurrectionists were certainly emboldened by the actions of Attorney General Derek Schmidt and 16 other attorneys general across the country who signed on to a bogus lawsuit in an attempt to overturn the results of the election. If successful, these AGs were willing to throw out millions of legitimately cast votes and rig an election in their favor. By signing on to this lawsuit, Derek Schmidt directly contradicted Kansas’ Republican Secretary of State, Scott Schwab, who declared that Kansas’ 2020 election was safe, secure and free of fraud. Schmidt went against his own party — and more importantly, the will of the people — in an attempt to make a name for himself as he prepared to run for governor.

On the one year anniversary of the attack, KDP Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt released the following statement: 

“The calculated and planned assault on our nation’s Capitol threatened the tenants of our democracy. The insurrection showed us the very worst of what divisive leadership, extremist rhetoric, and conspiracy theories promoted by powerful elected officials can do to our country. As President Biden said, the insurrection was a sad reminder that there is nothing guaranteed about our democracy. But a year later, we can say confidently that democracy did prevail, and we must fight harder than ever to preserve and protect it. Today, we send our utmost condolences to the families of the U.S. Capitol Police officers who lost their lives or suffered injuries — both mental and physical — at the hands of armed insurrectionists while defending our democracy. As we head into 2022, we must put an end to these harmful conspiracy theories and hold our representatives accountable in the fight to protect our democracy.”

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