Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFormer prisoner becomes first sworn in for New York state legislature seat On The Money – Inflation hits highest rate since February 1982 Schumer seeks comment as Democrats finalize draft cannabis law MORE (DN.Y.) recounted Thursday being evacuated from the Senate Chamber during the Jan. 6 attack, including close contact with rioters who he was told he made anti-Semitic remarks to his topic.
“I was within 30 feet of these nasty, racist, bigoted insurgents. If anyone had a gun, two of them had blocked the door, who knows what would have happened. I was later said one of them said, “There’s the big Jew. Let’s catch it,” Schumer said.
“Fanaticism against one is fanaticism against all. And I saw something that I was later told had never happened before, the Confederate flag flying in that dear Capitol. just one of many searing and grotesque images of this unimaginable and most un-American day,” Schumer added.
Schumer, like most Senate members, was in the Senate when it was locked out after a pro-Trump crowd entered the Capitol building. He and other senators were then evacuated from the chamber.
Part of his evacuation was shown during last year’s impeachment trial, where Schumer and his security detail were forced to change course in the Capitol complex after nearly coming face to face with some of the insurgents. January 6th.
“A policeman in a big bulletproof vest and a big gun grabbed me firmly by the collar, so I’ll never forget that grip, and said to me, senator, we have to get out of here. You’re in danger. We walked through the Senate chamber door, turned right, walked through another door,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
During his speech, Schumer called the former President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani in talks with Jan. 6 committee over testimony: Report Rapper Kodak Black, three others injured in shooting outside California bar Sunday broadcast preview: White House says Russia could invade ‘n ‘any day’; RNC censorship resolution receives backlash MORE, warned that democracy was in danger and made an indirect appeal to Republicans to urge them to speak out about the attack. Although several Republicans were angry with Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack, some of the president’s closest allies tried to play down the violence.
“The only way to really move forward from January 6 is to speak to power. We cannot avoid it. The truth about what happened that day, about what led to the violence, on what it means for our democracy. I say this because too often, depending on their allegiances, seem desperate to sweep the memory of January 6 under the rug. Too many people are working to rewrite the history of what happened said Schumer.
Democrats are heading to the Senate on Thursday, the first anniversary of the attack, to recount their experiences and push for Congress to pass voting rights and election legislation. Schumer has promised to force a vote on changing the Senate filibuster rule by Jan. 17 if Republicans block voting rights legislation.
No Republican spoke in the Senate early Thursday afternoon.