‘What is it going to it take?’: Rep. Andy Kim reflects on division a year after Jan. 6

MP Andy Kim (DN.J.) considers the Capitol Rotunda to be the “most beautiful room in the most beautiful building” in America and a “physical manifestation of our constitution”. But when he stood there on the evening of January 6, 2021, only a few hours after a violent mob of insurgents had “desecrated and disrespectful” the historic monument, he could only think of getting down to earth and starting help clean up the mess.

Photos of Kim’s humility quickly went viral on social media. Now Kim’s blue J. Crew suit, which he wore in his famous gesture, will be on display at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum exhibit, which tells the story of the January 6th uprising.

What he calls a simple “act of service” has cemented its place in history not only as the first Asian-American Congressman from New Jersey, but also as a portrayal of coming to terms with the fragments of the Capitol insurrection tragedy and turning a new corner.

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