Pittsburgh — Today, Jerry Dickinson, candidate for Congress in PA–18, released the following statement:
“Like so many Americans on this day last year, I stood in complete shock and disbelief as an extremist right-wing mob, encouraged and mobilized by President Trump, stormed our nation’s capital in an attempt to subvert our democracy. Thanks to the heroism of the Capitol Police and DC Metro Police, their efforts failed. But the insurrection of January 6, 2021, serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of our democracy, and why we must fight like hell to preserve it.
“What occurred at the Capitol that day was not random—it was the direct result of a persistent and deliberate campaign by Republicans to delegitimize our electoral system. The falsehoods of electoral fraud continue to spread as Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country ramp up voter suppression efforts.
“As a constitutional law professor, I know all too well the design, history, and spirit of our Constitution. It is a resilient document, but in recent years that resilience has been tested like never before by an onslaught of attacks by the extreme right to destabilize our electoral system to overturn free and fair elections. As a result, the fragility of our Constitution has been exposed. We must take bold action now to repair the damage inflicted on our Constitution and to protect and preserve our democratic institutions before it’s too late.
“The Senate must abolish the filibuster and Congress must act swiftly to enact bold electoral reforms, preserve the right to vote, strengthen our democracy, and ensure that the events of January 6th, 2021 never take place in this country again. We cannot afford to equivocate. Our democracy is on the line.
“My heart goes out to the family of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed by rioters, and to the families of officers Gunther Hashida, Kyle DeFreytag, Jeffrey Smith, and Howard Liebengood, who took their own lives following the insurrection.”
Jerry Dickinson is a constitutional law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. A product of the foster system in Pittsburgh, Dickinson saw firsthand the systematic challenges that cause and perpetuate social and racial inequality. He beat the odds and has dedicated his life to tackling the structural problems he has witnessed and lived through. In Congress, he will bring the energy and perspective needed to lift those left behind, and truly create opportunity for all.
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