New Jersey congressman Andy Kim joined in clean-up efforts in the aftermath of Wednesday's insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, where four people died and dozens more were arrested. (Jan. 7)
ANDY KIM: I had heard that someone was shot. And again, I wasn't sure if that was just one instance of many or what. So I was very frightened for-- for our country, for those of us who were working there.
Beyond that, after that, I just became, honestly, very sad. I was just very sad for our nation that we had gotten to this point where we had seen one of the greatest buildings in the world desecrated and see this insurrection that had-- that had infiltrated such sacred land in our country. But what I will say is that I think this kind of leads into why it is I was trying to clean up is, when I saw that, I was also just really affected emotionally. And I felt this kind of heightened, kind of supercharged kind of patriotism that I just felt kind of really take over as well that just really wanted me to just kind of redouble my efforts and my commitment to getting our country on a better path.
And so I just felt compelled to do something, to just roll up my sleeves. Our nation is bleeding. And we need to find some way to move forward. Certainly, part of that was about certifying the vote and conduct the work of the Constitution of the United States.