New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim is donating the go well with he wore throughout the US Capitol riot to The Smithsonian, he introduced on Tuesday — on the six month anniversary of the assault.
The Democrat defined in a prolonged Twitter thread that he agreed to bestow the blue J. Crew go well with to the establishment as a result of the occasions of Jan. 6. “must not ever be forgotten.”
“Whereas some attempt to erase historical past, I’ll combat to inform the story so it by no means occurs once more,” Kim wrote.
A photograph of the congressman carrying the go well with whereas cleansing up litter left behind by the Jan. 6 mayhem on the Capitol was shared broadly on the time.
“It actually broke my coronary heart and I simply felt compelled to do one thing … What else may I do?,” Kim advised the Related Press then.
On Tuesday, Kim mentioned that like his go well with, what he did on Jan. 6, was “unremarkable.”
“I noticed a multitude and cleaned it. I needed to proper the wrongs of that day as rapidly and as tangibly as I may,” he wrote on Twitter.
He added: “Neither my go well with nor my actions are on their very own worthy of reminiscence, however the story didn’t finish there.”
The lawmaker mentioned he final wore the outfit was on Jan. 13, when he voted to question former President Donald Trump on the Home ground.
“The go well with nonetheless had mud on the knees from Jan 6. I wore it so I might have little question in regards to the reality of what occurred,” he tweeted.
Kim in the end determined by no means to don the go well with once more, and hid it in his closet as a result of, “It solely introduced again horrible reminiscences.”
However Kim mentioned he later obtained 1000’s of playing cards and letters from throughout the nation mentioning the go well with and the viral photograph of him cleansing particles within the Capitol.
“Folks wrote saying the blue go well with gave them a way of resilience and hope,” he wrote.
“I advised the Smithsonian sure to donating the blue go well with as a result of the telling of the story of Jan6 isn’t elective, it’s vital,” Kim continued.
“There are various tales of Jan 6. Mine is only one. We can’t heal as a nation except we have now reality. Let reality be reality.”