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Opinion: Rep. Bustos: 'All you want in that moment is to live'

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos writes that in spite of the fear she felt as she sheltered from the armed mob storming the Capitol she is returning to the place where her life was in danger to vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump. "The duty I have to the people I represent and to our nation must take precedence," she says. "Impeachment is the only means I have available to stop him from inciting further acts of mayhem, bloodshed and insurrection."

Cheri Bustos, a Democrat, represents Illinois' 17th District in the House of Representatives.

On January 6, as rioters stormed the US Capitol, heading to the House floor, my goal was to survive.

But let me tell you, that was on the minds of every single member of Congress in the Capitol that day, from both parties.

That mob had lethal intent.

Ashli Babbit, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran who was among the mob, was shot and killed mere feet away from where I had been sitting just minutes before -- right outside the door I walk through each time I deliver a speech on the House floor.

All around me were pockets of the very mob that had just threatened our lives at the Capitol.

I have served my congressional district for four terms, flying from Moline, Illinois, to Washington, DC, hundreds of times.

Impeachment is a political act.

And once it's been cast, I will board another flight back home to Illinois -- hopeful that our nation will never again be faced with the threat of death-by-mob-rule, hopeful that I can once again wear my Congressional pin in public spaces and hopeful that we are one step closer to making America safe from anti-democratic lawlessness.

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