While most Republicans were busy dismissing the events of January 6, 2021 on the first anniversary of the attack against the U.S. Capitol Building, a few members of the party spoke out about the direction of the GOP under Donald Trump, the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) January 6, 2022
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a statement on the anniversary of the attack, letting her party know that she does not stand with them on minimizing that attack against Capitol Police, elected government officials, and the U.S. government itself.
In a statement, Murkowski said:
A year later, the sadness and anger of knowing that it was Americans who breached the center of our democracy, to thwart certification of a lawful election, remains with me. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful to our Capitol Police officers, who attempted to hold the line on that awful day to protect Congress and those of us who serve as part of it. I mourn for the individuals we lost and for those who continue to stand watch with injuries, both visible and invisible. My heart is also heavy knowing that American institutions and ideals remain tarnished by this terrible event.
While Murkowski’s sentiments were appreciated on Twitter, a lot of the comments asked why she doesn’t support voting rights and why she, like all of the GOP except for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and her father, couldn’t be bothered to attend the Jan. 6 memorial events on the floor of Congress. Read some of their comments below: