8 Southern California House legislators remember January 6 riots at US Capitol – San Bernardino Sun

Southern California House lawmakers knew they would see history on January 6, 2021.

They just don’t know what kind of things they will witness.

Local lawmakers were on the floor of the House of Representatives, in the gallery overlooking it and in their offices near the US Capitol when a large demonstration turned into a rally and then into a demonstration. people scramble to enter the building in an effort to prevent lawmakers from certifying that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, many of which have alleged that irregular elections and changes to the election process were made. to react to pandemic caused by corona virus is illegal, seriously harms the election, or both.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Speaker Nancy Pelosi allows only a handful of representatives at a time on the House floor. Others wait in the gallery above or return to their offices.

About 10 minutes before the House was convened at 1 p.m., Representative Mark Takano, D-Riverside, went to one of the office building cafeterias to have lunch while waiting for his turn to go down to the voting floor.

“I started getting messages from voters and friends, asking if I was okay,” recalls Takano a year later. At the time, “I didn’t get a chance to see any of the media.”

In the end, he said, he brought his lunch from place to place during the day, following repeated orders to evacuate and shelter in place as the situation at the Capitol evolved.

Representative Ken Calvert, R-Corona, was in his office as the House of Representatives began session.

“I looked out the window and saw all these people walking up Independence (Ave) towards the Capitol,” he said in a recent interview. “I didn’t think too much of it until suddenly, a while later, I heard that some of the barriers had come down and people were breaking into the Capitol. … I have been in Washington for a long time. I have never seen anything like it in my career.”

Representative Adam Schiff, D-Glendale, was in the House as lawmakers debated the Arizona election results.

Lawmakers evacuate from the floor as rioters try to break into the Chamber of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Schiff recalls: “The first sign I noticed that something was wrong was that the speaker was suddenly not in her chair. “I knew she was meant to preside over the entire session, and I thought that was weird. Then I saw Capitol Police officers burst into the floor and grab our number two, Steny Hoyer. … I remember thinking to myself, ‘I’ve never seen Steny move so fast.’

Representative Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, was also on the floor of the House at the same time.

“We showed each other our phones upstairs, did you see this on Twitter? Like, it said, they broke, it said the crowd was huge. So we were all learning this quickly,” he recalls.

Representative Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, returns to his office after the family voted to certify the results of the Arizona election, where he was met with protest – on office television.

“I said, ‘Hey, I’m turning the sound down. Sherman recalled. “The thing that scared me the most after that was finding out that some people were shouting, ‘Mike Pence Cave,’ and others were shouting, ‘Hey, where’s Nancy?’ If I had known that at the time, I would have been scared, or much more scared for both myself and the country.”

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/05/8-southern-california-house-lawmakers-remember-jan-6-riot-at-u-s-capitol/ 8 Southern California House legislators remember January 6 riots at US Capitol – San Bernardino Sun

Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: curtiscrabtree@24ssports.com.

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