Democrat New Jersey congressman Andy Kim announced that he is donating the suit he wore during the Capitol riot on January 6th to the Smithsonian Museum, saying it is a symbol of “resilience and hope” for some people.
The move was accompanied by several melodramatic statements on social media.
Representative Kim had been photographed picking up litter left behind during the riot.
“It really broke my heart and I just felt compelled to do something … What else could I do?” Kim told the media at the time.
The Democrat congressman explained his actions during a lengthy Twitter thread where he claimed he was donating the blue suit to the Smithsonian because the events of the one-time protest “must never be forgotten.”
Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.): “6 months ago today I wore this blue suit as I cleaned the Capitol after the insurrection, now I just donated it to the Smithsonian.” https://t.co/SknZjb0iE8
— The Hill (@thehill) July 6, 2021
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Democrat Donates Suit To Smithsonian
While Democrat congressman Andy Kim said his actions that day in cleaning up the Capitol were “unremarkable,” it is clear he finds his donation to the Smithsonian to be extraordinarily remarkable.
“The suit still had dust on the knees from Jan 6,” he tweeted, indicating he had worn it again to cast a vote for impeachment. “I wore it so I would have no doubt about the truth of what happened.”
Kim went on to tell followers that he “hid” the suit in his closet because it only brought back “terrible memories” of that day.
When I got home I vowed to never wear the suit again. I even considered throwing it away. It only brought back terrible memories. I could never separate that suit from the events of Jan6. I hid it in my closet as I never wanted to see it again. But then something happened. 6/17 pic.twitter.com/pSf2duFRsK
— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) July 6, 2021
“People wrote saying the blue suit gave them a sense of resilience and hope,” Kim claimed.
The Democrat went on to claim he suffered from the incident well after the fact, even being forced to pull his car over later in January to sob uncontrollably.
“The Smithsonian called later in January,” he said. “Honestly, I wasn’t thinking about how the day would be remembered as I was still living it.”
“In fact, after the call, I had to pull over on the side of I-95 as I started to tear up uncontrollably while driving home,” he claimed in an AOC-esque recollection of the protest.
“I was still not ok,” he said.
It’ll be surreal to one day take my kids to the Smithsonian and show them the blue suit behind glass. I hope they grow to know the truth of Jan6, but I also hope the story ultimately is one of hope and resilience. I hope that is what they and others see in the blue suit. END pic.twitter.com/WUl426WpCD
— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) July 6, 2021
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Kim Likes To Embellish
The Democrat’s story of wearing his suit during the Capitol protest isn’t the first time he’s shown a flair for the dramatic.
In 2018, he was caught embellishing his resume by claiming he worked under a Republican president as a national security officer while he worked at an entry-level position.
Kim, in a campaign ad, claimed that he “worked under both Democratic and Republican Administrations” in an effort to claim bipartisanship.
He was trying to show he could work with Republicans because he was running in a district that voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
The Washington Post called Kim out for his exaggeration.
WaPo Fact Checker: Dem Congressional Candidate’s Ad ‘Stretches His Résumé to Elastic Extremes’ https://t.co/6aAt364KJZ
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) September 11, 2018
The House of Representatives voted last week to create a select committee to probe the January 6 Capitol protest by a vote of 220-190.
The committee will be under the control of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and will feature a 13-member panel, eight of whom will be chosen by Pelosi, five of whom will be selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Aside from Andy Kim and his Capitol protest suit, several Democrats have played up the severity of the events of January 6th.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims she was almost murdered that day and admits she is in therapy because of it.
President Biden declared the events to be “the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol.”
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