Hoyer says rioters destroyed display commemorating John Lewis

Hoyer says rioters destroyed display commemorating John Lewis
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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July House to consider anti-Asian hate crimes bill, protections for pregnant workers this month Top Democrat: Bill to boost Capitol security likely to advance this month MORE (D-Md.) said Thursday that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol Wednesday destroyed a display outside his office honoring the late congressman and civil rights leader John LewisJohn LewisAdvocates sound alarm as restrictive voting laws pile up Alabama state legislature passes bill to name part of highway after John Lewis Alabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary MORE.

“While rioters shamefully destroyed this tribute to my brother John Lewis yesterday, let his words continue to echo in the halls of Congress and in our hearts,” Hoyer tweeted. “Let us always stand up, speak up, and speak out against injustice and for our democracy.”

The display pictured by Hoyer features a quote from the Georgia Democrat, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just; you have to stand up, speak up, speak out, and find a way to get in the way and get in trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble.”


The late Lewis frequently used “good trouble” as a term for civil disobedience and activism for social change.

Lewis, who died in July, was frequently invoked earlier this week after Democratic Sens.-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won a pair of runoff elections in his home state, cementing a 50-50 split in the Senate. Warnock is the first Black senator ever elected from Georgia.

The breach of the Capitol Wednesday cut short a joint session of Congress to certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE’s Electoral College victory and forced a lockdown of the facility. Participants in the pro-Trump riot also vandalized Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE's (D-Calif.) office and left trash around the door of Hoyer's.

Congress reconvened Wednesday night and formally certified the results early Thursday morning.