Ahead of the second anniversary of the January 6th attack on our democracy, Issue One released the following statement from Founder and CEO Nick Penniman:
“January 6th will forever be a solemn day. Two years ago, immense damage was done to America’s reputation as a group of radicals, inspired and directed by then-President Donald Trump, attempted a coup. But what’s happened since demonstrates the tremendous resilience of American democracy. In the last two years, crosspartisan coalitions of voters, politicians, and organizations have come together to both protect future presidential elections from such seditious attempts and to keep election deniers away from offices that administer elections.
“At the end of last year, Congress took a significant step to buttress our democracy when they passed a bipartisan update to the Electoral Count Act, which eliminated ambiguities in presidential election laws that Trump and his followers tried to exploit. Simultaneously, voters across the nation — including Republicans who were willing to split their tickets — defeated every major election denier running for election administration positions in the swing states. Americans of all political stripes should be reassured by these victories; our democracy is self-correcting.
“While such reassurance sinks in, now is not the time for rest. There’s more that needs to be done to strengthen our democracy. The bipartisan January 6th Committee led a thorough and fact-driven investigation that produced a comprehensive report and slate of recommendations to bolster our national security and avert future acts of political violence. All of the attempts to discredit its work have been purely politically, not substantive. It is imperative that Congress consider the January 6th Committee’s proposals and take further action to stabilize future elections, safeguard the Capitol, and hold leaders of the attempted coup accountable.”