As we mentioned, it’s been one year since the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego was among the many members of congress inside the capitol building when the insurrection took place. We spoke with Gallego about the attack.
“Sometimes it feels like it happened forever ago and then every time I walk through congress, sometimes I get triggered remembering something I saw or did that day,” Gallego said.
Gallego reflected on what he did that day while inside the capitol building, “I was on the house floor trying to argue and debate to preserve the Arizona election. Arizona was being contested erroneously, we know the votes were very safe, secure, and transparent in Arizona.”
He added that even though the votes were clear, “they tried to challenge them, claiming fraud.”
In response to this, Gallego and several other Arizona Congressman prepared their remarks once they noticed the commotion.
“First our leadership was taken away by security, next we had security coming in, telling us to please sit down and then we started hearing loud bangs, shouting, people pounding on doors and that’s when we realized that we were potentially surrounded by insurrectionists,” Gallego said.
He said his goal that day was that him and the rest of leadership finish their jobs and make sure that everyone survived that day.
Gallego instructed other members to put on their gas masks, he told them where to exit and him and, “with a couple other younger members, we prepared ourselves for potentially a fight.”