Water bottles, clothes, Trump’s flag, even an American flag littering the ground inside the American Capitol after President Donald Trump disbanded the building after a mob support.
New Jersey Rape Andy Kim went amid the mess soon after the vote to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Trump – and felt the weight of the day worn on him – when something prompted him to clean up the rubble.
“I was just emotionally affected. I said in an interview, “I felt such a high-pitched, patriotic kind of patriotism.”
He then saw police officers putting pizza boxes in trash bags, then asked for one, and started cleaning.
“When you see something you love, you want to fix it. I love Capitol. I feel honored to be there. “This building is extraordinary and Rotanda in particular is simply amazing. How many countless generations have been inspired in that room?
“It broke my heart and forced me to do something. … What else could I do?”
Kim’s image is clear that a violent, historic day has been recorded by removing the litter, which saw an angry mob smashing through police lines, smashing windows and breaking open doors as they watched the building Was sieged, not to show “strength” long after Trump said at a rally. “And the fight against Congressional certification of Biden’s victory.”
According to an aide, Kim, a second-time Democrat in the twice-won Trump district, according to an aide who came in and didn’t recognize him at first.
“I think it was 1 in the morning,” fellow New Jersey Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski said. “A couple were National Guardsmen and I looked under a bench to put something on hands and knees over someone and it was all Andy by himself, just quietly removing the debris and putting it in a plastic bag. He was clearly not doing it for the audience.
“It was the most poignant moment of a long night for me.”
New Jersey Government. Phil Murphy said that Kim “represents New Jersey and our nation very well.”
Former New Jersey GOP representative Tom McArthur defeated Kim in a close race in 2018, delighted by the action of his successor. It was MacArthur who helped the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act through the House and which stood to celebrate with Trump and others in the White House, though the effort failed. Kim ran over the popularity of Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Kim represents the 3rd District, which stretches from the Pine Barriers in New Jersey to the Philadelphia suburbs across the seaside county to the west along the Delaware River.
He made his campaign debut in 2017, returning to live in a southern New Jersey city where he grew up after a career in Washington and abroad.
A University of Chicago and Rhodes Scholar, Kim served as Iraq Director for the Obama Administration’s National Security Council from 2013 until 2015.
Prior to that, he was the director of Iraq at the Pentagon within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also previously served as civilian advisor to generals David Petraeus and John Allen in Afghanistan.
The son of Korean immigrant parents, he became the first Asian American to represent New Jersey in Congress after being elected in 2018.
On Thursday, he pondered how he, a man of color, was cleaning up after people waving white supremacist symbols like the Confederate flag during the melee. He said that he did not consider race at the time.
But he thought for a moment and said: “It is very hard because we don’t see each other and see each other as Americans first, whether it is race or ethnicity or religion or political party that is capable of us. It is happening. That common identity that has forged our country and we need it to continue. “