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In South Brooklyn, a reckoning for Malliotakis a year after Jan. 6 Insurrection

Updated: Jan 7

Brooklyn Paper

By Ben Brachfeld


A year after the deadly attack at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, southern Brooklyn and Staten Island Representative Nicole Malliotakis is still defined in the eyes of some constituents for her actions before and after the attempted insurrection, which they say helped enable the attack and undermined American democracy.

Malliotakis, New York City’s lone congressional Republican, was one of 147 Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona and Pennsylvania, citing baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. That vote came in the hours after a mob of some 2,000 Donald Trump supporters, egged on by the then-president, stormed the Capitol building, ransacked the place, assaulted cops, and threatened representatives and staffers in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race.

The vote came just three days into her term as a member of Congress, after defeating one-term Democrat Max Rose in the November 2020 general election, but it’s cast a shadow on her entire tenure as many constituents, particularly in the more Democratic pockets of the 11th district, liken her actions to treason.


“Republicans are not speaking out about what happened a year ago today,” said Denise Reiser, a Bay Ridge resident who attended a Thursday rally outside Malliotakis’ Third Avenue office. “It was sedition, treason. They’re not honest, and she was one of them.”


Malliotakis also voted against forming a commission to investigate the attack, and after the commission proposal died in the Senate, voted against forming the Jan. 6 Select Committee, along with most other Republicans. Trump and most of the GOP nationwide have spent the year following Jan. 6 not only casting doubt on Biden’s victory, but also pushing bills through state legislatures aimed at restricting the right to vote, restructuring state election systems to allow for greater partisan control, and purging any election officials insufficiently loyal to Trump.


“Nicole Malliotakis wants to take us in the direction of dictatorship and authoritarianism,” said Jon Green, of the Center for Popular Democracy, in front of Malliotakis’ Bay Ridge office Thursday. “Not only is Nicole Malliotakis complicit in the events of Jan. 6, she is complicit in everything that has followed.”


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