Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee says he got “stressed, anxious” and chest pain after the Capitol riot – and consulted a medical expert who saw the signs of post-traumatic stress.
Kildee was at the House Gallery on January 6 when Congress gathered to count electoral votes – and was eventually evacuated along with other House members who were there while a gang ransacked the building, eventually entering the House room.
‘I went home. I thought I was fine, ”he said of the time after the police and National Guard were finally able to restore order.
Representative Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) Spoke about his mental and physical response to the Uprising at the Capitol on Jan. 6. He took cover with other lawmakers who were at the House Gallery when rioters tried to break into the House room while armed officers tried to fend them off
But then, in comments he shared in a sit-down interview with NBC, he said signs of the stress began to appear.
“I thought it was a few dozen people, it was hundreds and hundreds of violent people,” he said of the riot, “and that triggered an emotional and physical reaction. I had a lot of tension in my chest, breathing was difficult, I became really irritable. You feel stressed, anxious. You have chest pain, ”he said.
Eventually, Kildee got in touch with Dr. Jim Gordon, who founded the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, who told the network that he immediately identified the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Gordon has made numerous media appearances and worked with people suffering from PTSD in war zones and school shootings.
“These are all fight or flight, that will be extended, but they should go, but they have not left,” he said.
Kildee says he had an “emotional and physical reaction” to the riot
He spoke to NBC about the impact of the events
Kilee met Dr. Jim Gordon, who founded the Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Kildee tweeted about the riot in real time
“This is not something I ever expected to experience, not something I expected,” said Kildee, who represents Flint and serves as the Democrats’ deputy whip.
Most people who have experienced trauma don’t experience it in real time on every network around the world. They do it privately, quietly, painfully, quietly, alone. And so if I can talk to them, that’s what I want to do, ”he said.
Kildee tweeted about his experiences in real time on January 6 and was pictured in the gallery that day.
‘I’m in the House Chambers. We have been instructed to lie on the floor and put on our gas masks. Room security and Capitol Police have drawn their guns as protesters bang on the front door of the room. This is not a protest. This is an attack on America, ”he wrote.
“I was evacuated from the House Chambers and escorted to an alternative, safe location,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet. ‘This is a dark moment for the history of our country. Praying for an end to violence and safety for everyone in the Capitol. ‘
In the days following the riot, he called for President Trump’s impeachment and then tweeted support for Republican lawmakers, including a few Michigan Republicans, who were in favor of impeachment.
Kildee’s statements about his mental health since the riot comes after ten House Democrats have now joined a lawsuit first filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi that accused former President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani of stirring up of the MAGA rel.
Each signed on the suit in their ‘personal capacity’.
Lawmakers who joined the lawsuit included Tennessee Democratic Representative Steve Cohen, who spoke about contemplating his own death during the riot.
“Expecting that he might not come out of the House Gallery alive, he began to consider whether he would like to be buried with his family in Memphis or in the Congressional Cemetery,” it says.
Cohen says, “When I sat in my office on January 6 with rioters roaming the halls, I feared for my life and thought I was going to die.
This invasion was a direct result of Donald Trump’s rhetoric and words. His calls to meet in Washington on January 6 and his message to “be strong” have thwarted the workings of our constitution. ‘
Others spoke of physical injuries.
Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas was terrified during the riot. “Her heart started pounding when she realized she might be trapped in the House Gallery,” it says.
Washington Representative Pramila Jaypal describes having difficulty getting on the ground due to her recent surgery when ordered to do so. She was “exhausted and exhausted from the throbbing pain in her very swollen knee,” she says in the lawsuit.