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14. This is heartbreaking
Fri Jan 8, 2021, 07:05 PM
Jan 2021

As the mob seized the Capitol, Jamie Raskin thought not of himself, but of his younger daughter, Tabitha, who had asked him not to go to work that day. “This is an essential constitutional moment,” he had told her. Rather than stay home, he proposed another idea: What if she came along?

When Raskin, the congressman from Maryland, rose to address the chamber around 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, he received a bipartisan standing ovation. He peered around the room, patting his heart in gratitude. His fingers lingered over a torn black cloth affixed to the lapel of his gray suit jacket. The day before, Raskin had buried his 25-year-old son, who on New Year’s Eve left his family a note: Please forgive me. My illness won today. Please look after each other, the animals, and the global poor for me. All my love, Tommy.

On the House floor, Raskin quoted Abraham Lincoln, reminding his fellow lawmakers that they were there to carry out the will of the people, not the orders of one man. Minutes later, voices echoed through the Capitol’s marble hallways. Raskin heard what sounded like a battering ram slamming against the door. He and his colleagues were instructed to retrieve their gas masks. Guns appeared. The chaplain led the room in a prayer. Raskin’s mind flashed to Tabitha, 23, who, along with her sister’s husband, Hank, was seated in the second-floor gallery.

Raskin and the others on the House floor evacuated the building and made their way to a secure location, but spectators had to seek shelter inside the Capitol. Raskin’s chief of staff, Julie Tagen, led Tabitha and Hank to an office, where they hid beneath a table while insurrectionists overtook the building. A group of rioters repeatedly attempted to enter the room. Tagen stood guard next to the blockaded entrance, clutching a fire iron. “I asked her to protect them with her life, and she did,” Raskin told me.

I want the Senators and Representatives in congress Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #1
Agreed. Welcome. Evolve Dammit Jan 2021 #16
Thanks. Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #18
I'm in with that thecrow Jan 2021 #35
'While Donald Trump and his family threw a party to support this violent, seditious mob, elleng Jan 2021 #2
This Ferrets are Cool Jan 2021 #3
🖕🖕 onecaliberal Jan 2021 #20
Wow, what Jamie Raskin has been through in just the last week. crickets Jan 2021 #30
Thanks, crickets. elleng Jan 2021 #31
What a read BeyondGeography Jan 2021 #4
Yes he is, and I'm pleased he's my Congressman. elleng Jan 2021 #5
He couldn't get to his family. He asked his chief of staff Hortensis Jan 2021 #15
A true patriot ... and a national treasure. soldierant Jan 2021 #34
I can't even imagine his sadness and terror on Wednesday tymorial Jan 2021 #6
that's a profile in courage stillcool Jan 2021 #7
Everyone should read that article blogslut Jan 2021 #8
Agreed. Cannot imagine what he and his family are going through right now. Dem2theMax Jan 2021 #22
What is a fire iron? cannabis_flower Jan 2021 #9
Used in a wood burning fireplace to move the wood LiberalArkie Jan 2021 #10
Another name for a fire poker kcr Jan 2021 #11
My heart goes out to them. These poor people trueblue2007 Jan 2021 #12
So glad HIS name is at the top of the Articles of Impeachment (with Lieu's and Cicilline's)! George II Jan 2021 #13
YES! elleng Jan 2021 #32
This is heartbreaking mcar Jan 2021 #14
Now that is what heroism looks like. Nothing like a fire iron upside of the skull. Evolve Dammit Jan 2021 #17
You got that right mcar Jan 2021 #25
So instead of hiding, this woman stood guard by a door with a fire poker? Chemisse Jan 2021 #19
The door was barricaded. wnylib Jan 2021 #29
Yes, thank-you. I reread it right after and realized that. Chemisse Jan 2021 #33
Wow! malaise Jan 2021 #27
Yes! mcar Jan 2021 #28
What an incredibly strong man... SergeStorms Jan 2021 #21
This man just lost his son. AllyCat Jan 2021 #23
This message was self-deleted by its author h2ebits Jan 2021 #24
Chief of Staff KewlKat Jan 2021 #26
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