Rep. Andy King said that he almost threw away the blue suit he was wearing when cleaning up the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 uprising, and then decided to donate it to the Smithsonian Institution.
The New Jersey Democrats took Twitter On Tuesday, the six-month anniversary of the deadly riot, the lawsuit was discussed. Although the Smithsonian Institution asked him to donate the dress within a few weeks after the riots, King said that the dress itself was “inconspicuous,” but it reminded people of events that “must not be forgotten.”The congressman bought a ready-made bright blue suit at a J. Crew sale during the holidays and originally planned to wear it during the presidential period Joe BidenInauguration.
However, when he woke up on January 6th and found Democratic Party Won in Georgia Senate In the second round of elections, King decided to wear a suit to celebrate this, as well as the official proof of the Biden Electoral College’s victory during the Biden joint meeting. Congress on that day. The rioters broke into the building during the meeting, falsely claiming that the election was “stolen” from the former president. Donald TrumpThe next morning, Jin was photographed wearing a suit cleaning up debris.
“Like my suit, what I did on its face on January 6th was not compelling,” Kim wrote on Twitter. “I saw a mess, clean it up. I want to correct the mistakes that day as quickly and as practically as possible. Neither my suit nor my actions are memorable, but the story does not end there.”
King said he wore this suit for the last time a week after the rebellion to vote for Trump’s second historic impeachment by the House of Representatives for allegedly inciting congressional riots. Jin said that when he wore the suit on January 13, “there was still dust on his knees” after cleaning up. He chose to wear this dress, so “there is no doubt the truth of what happened”.
“When I got home, I vowed never to wear this suit again,” Kim wrote on Twitter. “I even considered throwing it away. It will only bring horrible memories. I will never be able to separate that suit from the Jan6 incident. I hid it in my closet because I never want to see it again. But then something happened.”
“In the next few days, I started to receive thousands of cards from all over the country,” he continued. “A lot of them come from children. Strangers want to tell me how they feel when they see my photos. They talk about blue suits. This suit means different things to them and me. People write that blue suits give them a sense of resilience and A feeling of hope.”
Although the lawsuit apparently inspired strangers, Kim said that in the weeks after the riots, he was still “in a difficult situation” and recalled his “unshakable situation” that he did not “take more steps to protect people’s safety.” Regret”. He said that when the Smithsonian called him in late January to ask him to donate the suit, the cards he received helped him “feel stronger.”
King agreed to donate to this lawsuit because he believed that remembering the uprising was “not optional, but necessary.” The congressman said that those who tried to cover up or erase the events that happened that day should be responsible for the “shameful results”, and believed that “unless you write this page first, you can’t turn over a page of American history.” “
“One day take my children to the Smithsonian Museum and show them the blue suit behind the glass. It will be surreal,” Kim wrote on Twitter. “I hope they will gradually understand the truth about Jan6, but I also hope that this story will ultimately be a kind of hope and resilience. I hope this is what they and others see in blue suits.”
Valeska M. Hilbig, deputy director of the Office of Communications and Marketing at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, confirmed in a statement Weekly newspaper The museum has received Kim’s lawsuit, “as part of a larger collection plan to continue to evaluate current and future historians and the public’s knowledge of January 6, 2021.”
Hilbig said: “Our curators, including staff in the political and military history departments, will continue to follow the changing situation regarding the 2020 elections and the Capitol Rebellion and the final approval of the election interruption.” “Here. At one point, there is no immediate plan to demonstrate.”