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Press Statement January 6, 2023

NAACP President Derrick Johnson on the Anniversary of the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol

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Today, we remember the brave law enforcement officers who were at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. We also recognize the elected officials who stood up to the coward that occupied the White House at the time, to ensure our democracy held on. It is a day that rocked our nation and defined our politics. It is also a traumatic day for the many who feared for their lives.

In February 2021, the NAACP filed the first lawsuit in response to the January 6th attack, representing 10 members of congress in the case. We are doing everything in our power to hold Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and white supremacist organizations legally accountable. As our lawsuit makes its way through the court system, we hope the Justice Department will also take legal action against those responsible for the insurrection.

It is not enough that voters rejected Trump in 2020 and overwhelmingly voted against his brand of politics in 2022. All those responsible for the January 6 attack must be held legally accountable for inciting the deadly, violent insurrection exactly 2 years ago.

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