A World Turned Upside Down

January 2021 was the worst month of US Congressman Jamie Raskin’s life. 

After a long struggle with depression, Raskin’s only son Tommy took his own life on New Year’s Eve. Just one week later, violent insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol. 

January 6 was Raskin’s first day back to work after his son’s death. It was an important day, with a joint session of Congress to count the 2020 Electoral College votes. The world watched in horror as right-wing extremists tried to disrupt the event with chaos and violence. 

Although immensely different, these two events—his son’s death and the insurrection—became intertwined in Raskin’s psyche. While trying to navigate the depths of grief with his family, Raskin served as lead manager of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

Join us at the intersection of the personal and the political for our Instaread on Raskin’s account of these deeply traumatic events. Look for Unthinkable, new in the app. 

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