Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) thinks of the Capitol Rotunda as the “most beautiful room in the most beautiful building” in America and a “physical manifestation of our Constitution.” But when he found himself standing there on the evening of Jan. 6, 2021, just hours after a violent mob of insurrectionists had, in his words, “desecrated and disrespected” the historic monument, all he could think to do was drop to the ground and start to help clean up the mess.
Photographs of Kim’s act of humility quickly went viral on social media. Now, Kim’s blue J. Crew suit that he wore while committing his famous gesture will be featured in the Smithsonian’s American History Museum exhibit that tells the story of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
What he describes as a simple “act of service” has cemented his place in history not only as the first Asian American congressman from New Jersey, but also as a representation of picking up the pieces of the Capitol riot tragedy and turning a new corner.