The lengthy one, which Mr. Raskin, who has written two books on Supreme Court instances, intends to ship Wednesday on the House ground, begins this manner: “We came very close to experiencing a coup in America. It was like an attempted coup wrapped inside a violent riot wrapped inside some cosmetic protests on the outside.”
He went on: “And the president gave all kinds of aid, comfort and exhortation to the mob. That is intolerable. It takes us in a profoundly dangerous direction as a society. America is a country built on common sense. And we have to use our common sense now to recognize a lethal danger to our people, our Congress, our leaders and the whole nation. This president is a clear and present danger to our country.”
Mr. Raskin, 58, is an immediately recognizable determine in the Capitol; he was as soon as described as trying like a mad scientist, although he started slicking his hair down after that. He has an infectious enthusiasm for the Constitution and American historical past. He has been steeped in liberal activism since he was a toddler.
His father, Marcus Raskin, who died in 2017, was an aide to President John F. Kennedy and a vehement opponent of the Vietnam War. In 1970, the elder Mr. Raskin obtained a part of the Pentagon Papers, the categorised research of American choice making in Vietnam, from its writer, Daniel Ellsberg, and helped get them to the reporter Neil Sheehan of The New York Times.
The youthful Mr. Raskin retains a 1964 clipping from The Washington Post with a photograph of him as a 2-year-old toting a placard at a protest. When he was 6, his father took him to the first Freedom Seder, a Passover meal that introduced Jewish and Black folks collectively a 12 months after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thomas Bloom Raskin, named for the Revolutionary War determine Thomas Paine, was an inheritor to this legacy. He was the solely son and second baby of Mr. Raskin and his spouse, Sarah Bloom Raskin, a deputy treasury secretary below President Barack Obama and former member of the Federal Reserve Board. They even have two daughters, Tabitha, 23 and Hannah, 28.
Days after Tommy’s loss of life, his dad and mom launched an extraordinary, wrenching statement and pictures of their son. He started life as a “strikingly beautiful curly-haired madcap boy beaming with laughter and charm,” they wrote, who grew into “an antiwar activist, a badass autodidact moral philosopher and progressive humanist libertarian.”