Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) decided to help out ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) officers to clean up the trash in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill siege on Thursday morning.
A helping hand:
The 38-year-old U.S. Representative from New Jersey’s Third Congressional District assisted officers after seeing the mess left by the pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, according to Associated Press
- Kim decided to take a walk after he finished voting to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election.
- “I was just really affected emotionally. I felt this kind of heightened, kind of supercharged kind of patriotism that I just felt take over,” Kim told AP. “When you see something you love that’s broken you want to fix it. I love the Capitol. I’m honored to be there. This building is extraordinary and the rotunda in particular is just awe-inspiring. How many countless generations have been inspired in that room? It really broke my heart and I just felt compelled to do something. … What else could I do?”
- After seeing officers cleaning up the area, Kim immediately asked for a trash bag and began picking up the mess and debris left behind.
- Pictures of the politician crouching and cleaning have circulated online.
- One of Kim’s colleagues said he did not do the cleaning for the publicity.
The siege on Capitol Hill:
Thousands of Trump supporters marched to Capitol Hill on Wednesday after attending an event held by the president at the Ellipse, a park near the White House, ABC News
- The rioters broke through the barricade set up by police and managed to get inside the Capitol.
- They were able to breach the building and made their way into the House and Senate chambers, National Public Radio reported.
- Lawmakers took a recess as chaos ensued inside the Capitol. The Secret Service ushered Vice President Mike Pence out of the building via underground tunnels, according to VOA News.
- Five people reportedly died during the riot, including a police officer who sustained injuries in the melee.
AAPI lawmakers condemned Trump
for inciting the riot on Capitol Hill.
- Vice President-elect Kamala Harris took to Twitter to call for an end to the riot on Wednesday.
- Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash) described the events that happened while they were put on lockdown inside the Capitol during the riot on Twitter.
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