The human spirit and will to survive was evident last Wednesday among lawmakers as deadly violence on Capitol Hill left six dead after an angry crowd of a majority of white men stormed the Capitol buildings.
The mob went with the intention of ensuring President Donald Trump would remain in office after believing the lie Trump and his enablers told of fraudulent elections that declared Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 presidential election.
Several stories are rising from the debris and carnage of last week, including that of Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman. Goodman, armed with a small baton, led an angry white group through the hallways of the Capitol building up some steps away from the Senate floor into a hallway with more Capitol police. He led the rioters away into the capture of law enforcement.
Another one of those stories is from Brooklyn, New York native U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
He and several others around him in the House chamber were prepared to physically fight back if they were met with the fury of the domestic terrorists. At the time, those in the House chambers could hear the crowd and understood the Senate chambers had been breached.
Congressman Jeffries recounts how he was prepared to battle the best way he knew how while clad in his business suit and tie working with other congressional leaders trying to certify the most recent presidential election.