House Democrats met Thursday afternoon to share their “testimonies” on what they experienced a year ago during the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6.

Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who became a punching bag for former President Donald Trump during his first impeachment, recalled how this importance had colored his experience.

“I stayed a while until two Republicans approached me,” Schiff said, recounting how lawmakers were leaving the House chamber. One of them said, ‘You can’t let them see you. I know these people. I can talk to these people. I can speak my own way through these people. You are in a whole different category. “‘

Rep. Colin Allred, a Democrat from Texas and former NFL player, told fellow Democrats, “I was thinking when I left the NFL as a linebacker, where my job was to put people on the field, that these capacities and the need to do so were over.

Allred then thanked the law enforcement officers who engaged in some real hand-to-hand combat that day.

Gladys and Charles Sicknick, parents of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died a day after engaging with protesters during the riot, were in the audience for the House Democrats’ event that s ‘is held on the Capitol Hill campus.

Representative Colin Allred

Representatives Adam Schiff (left) and Colin Allred (right) gave memorable ‘testimonials’ at an event Thursday afternoon where House Democrats gathered to talk about their experiences on January 6

Members of the Democratic House shake hands with Gladys and Charles Sicknick, parents of Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died a day after engaging with protesters during the riot, who were in the public for the Thursday afternoon event

Members of the Democratic House shake hands with Gladys and Charles Sicknick, parents of Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died a day after engaging with protesters during the riot, who were in the public for the Thursday afternoon event

“I’ll tell the Sicknick family, I’ll tell you, your son’s sacrifice allowed me to meet mine,” Allred said.

The event was hosted by Representative Jason Crow, a Colorado Democrat and Army veteran, credited with having the last entrance to the home’s gallery locked by Capitol Police, preventing the MAGA crowd from d ‘flock to the bedroom of the house.

Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, recalled having to escape from the House bedroom using a cane, after undergoing knee replacement

Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, recalled having to escape from the House bedroom using a cane, after undergoing knee replacement

He also received accolades for other reasons.

Representative Sara Jacobs, a Democrat from California who had been sworn in three days earlier, thanked Crow ‘for the glass of whiskey you served me after we returned to our offices on January 6.

A number of lawmakers said they were trapped in the House gallery and noted they were unaware there were gas masks tucked away under the seats.

“Like many of you trapped in the gallery of the House, I remember every moment vividly. I viscerally feel the pounding on the doors of the gallery. I hear the gunshot ringing. replay how I planned to use my gas mask and cane – newly by my side for a five week old knee replacement – to fight back in case of an attack, ”said Representative Pramila Jayapal, President of Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“And I remember not knowing if we would come out of our democracy seat alive or if our democracy itself would survive,” she added.

She said that on January 6 “we saved our democracy”, crediting “all the voters who took part in the most important election of our lives who gave us a new president who is not corrupted by his love of the government. power and its disrespect for our Constitution. ‘

Representative Mike Quigley also remembered Jayapal’s cane.

The event was hosted by Representative Jason Crow, a Colorado Democrat and Army veteran, credited with having the last entrance to the home's gallery locked by Capitol Police, preventing the MAGA crowd from d 'flock to the bedroom of the house.

The event was hosted by Representative Jason Crow, a Colorado Democrat and Army veteran, credited with having the last entrance to the home’s gallery locked by Capitol Police, preventing the MAGA crowd from d ‘flock to the bedroom of the house.

Representative Sara Jacobs, a Democrat from California, recalled how Representative Jason Crow gave her a glass of whiskey after lawmakers returned to their offices after the attack on Capitol Hill a year ago.

Representative Sara Jacobs, a Democrat from California, recalled how Representative Jason Crow gave her a glass of whiskey after lawmakers returned to their offices after the attack on Capitol Hill a year ago.

“She was upset that she was walking so slowly with her cane that she was afraid it would allow the insurgents to catch up with us,” Quigley said. ‘And [Rep.] Brad Schneider was right in front of us, and you’ve heard him say that. And he come back and walked on his left side, and he said, “Well, we’re all going to walk together. ”

“I have never been so proud then to walk with you,” said the Illinois Democrat. “It reminds me that we must walk alongside and help guide our country away from darkness as we walk together in this shining light of our democracy.”

Quigley also paid tribute to the journalists who worked during the attack.

“There is a photo I saw the other day that I had completely forgotten,” he said. “We’ve seen the footage and we know what to expect – the broken glass, the guns drawn, the makeshift barricades. I remember sheltering in place.

– But I saw something that I forgot. He was a journalist in the middle of it all, ”he continued. “He was a journalist in the middle of it all. Leaning over his keyboard which still worked.

Other lawmakers remembered being stuck in their congressional offices for hours.

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat from Pennsylvania who was recently the victim of a car theft, said she was in her office on the phone “to get advice from a high school teacher friend on how to barricade the door to my office “.

“She had done it before, I hadn’t,” Scanlon noted, alluding to the tendency for schools to go through an active shooting trainer.

“As others have said, I was mostly worried that my kids weren’t worried – so I sent them a picture of me with a bottle of Jameson I found in one of my staff cupboards.” , Scanlon said.

She added: “America survived a coup last year, but barely.

Representative Susan Wild, also a Democrat from Pennsylvania, spoke about the scene in one of the rooms where lawmakers were hidden by law enforcement.

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat from Pennsylvania who was recently the victim of auto theft, said she was in her office on the phone

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat from Pennsylvania who was recently the victim of a car theft, said she was in her office on the phone “to get advice from a high school teacher friend on how to barricade the door to my office ”

She noted how many lawmakers had removed their congressional pins, so as not to be identified as congressmen by the MAGA mob.

“And I met one of my new freshmen, a black man, and he still had his pin on and I said…” We should take our pins off. You must remove your pin. And he looked me right in the eye and he said, “I want them to know I’m a congressman,” Wild recalls.

She pleaded with the Americans to start talking to those across the way so that January 6 never happens again.

‘Talk to them. This neighbor who flies a political flag that you do not agree with, ”encouraged Wild. “Find something you can talk to this neighbor that you can agree on – the flowers and their beauty, the dog, the kids frolicking around the neighborhood, the weather, find something you can share with this person with whom you disagree on political matters. ‘

Representative Mikie Sherrill also gave a tip of the hat to a Republican – Representative Liz Cheney, the only Republican member of the House – who brought her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney – to be in the room. Room for the noon minute of silence.

“And so I think it’s appropriate to point out a person who I think has shown great moral courage,” said Sherrill. “Someone who stood up for their country, at a great personal cost, and that’s Liz Cheney.”