To mark the two years since more than 120 lawmakers tried to sabotage the validation of Joe Biden’s presidential election, a small group held a “rebel roll call” Friday in Balboa Park, naming each lawmaker. He chanted “traitor” every time it was read. election victory.
Roll call was part of the larger “Jan”. 6 Justice’ rally marks his 2021 date when then-Donald’s Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to block approval of the November 2020 election and keep him in office I meant that.
About 50 people attended Friday’s rally. The rally was organized by local chapters of the national group Indivisible.
“We finally won the day,” Angela Benson of Dedicated to Building a Just Democracy told the audience. “But democracy is still in danger.”
At the rally, held at the Bea Evenson Fountain near Park Boulevard, several speakers were drowned out by irrelevant performances by nearby singers. Friday’s event focused primarily on lawmakers who voted against election authentication, not those who stormed the Capitol.
Hillcrest Indivisible’s John Mattes said the roll call was an open shame for lawmakers who “do not believe in fair elections”.
Among them was Republican East County Rep. Darrell Issa, one of 121 Representatives and six Senators who opposed the electoral college vote tally based on a challenge to Arizona’s election results. I was there.
A spokeswoman for Issa did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night. In a statement a year after the attack, Issa called it a “hard day in the Capitol” and was quick to criticize Biden on immigration, the economy and other issues, saying, “The weeks and months that followed were devastating for the country. It was devastating.” He also called the January 6 Commission “a partisan Democratic farce that repeatedly abused its power.”
Matt said Friday’s rally was “to remind Americans that there was a deliberate attempt to take over democracy. They tried to steal our votes.”
San Diego City Councilman and District 7 Democrat Raul Campiro has likened January 6, 2021 to notorious days in American history like the attack on Pearl Harbor and September 11. .
Describing the attack on the Capitol as domestic terrorism, Campiro told the crowd it was “the day we were attacked by our own people”. .”
Larry Cousins of the group Indivisible 92116 read a letter from San Diego Congressman Sara Jacobs, who called January 6, 2021, “one of the darkest days in American history.” The letter, read from Democratic San Juan Capistrano Rep. Mike Levin, said the memory of that day “is a constant reminder that our constitution and democracy are fragile and cannot be taken for granted.” said.
The attack on the Capitol building occurred thousands of miles from San Diego but included Ocean Beach resident Ashley Babbitt, who was shot and killed while trying to climb through the broken window in the door to the Speakers Lobby. , attended by several local residents.
In the two years since, many San Diego County residents have been convicted or convicted of their involvement in violations in federal court in Washington, DC.