The nation’s increasingly polarized politics are creating new fears for lawmakers and staff, a fact highlighted by Saturday’s planned rally at the Capitol where people will be demonstrating in support of those arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Congressional aides have said the “Justice for J6” rally has brought back bad memories from the insurrection, when members and staff alike worried for their safety as Capitol Police were overwhelmed by a violent mob.
That some would champion arrested insurrectionists is offensive to many who say they’ve been traumatized by the events and have described the lasting emotional toll of having their workplace ransacked to halt the 2020 election certification.
“We started having discussions about a month or two ago. This went on my calendar as: ‘don’t come into the office,’” one congressional staffer for a progressive Democrat told The Hill.