Apr 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Dan Kildee says Capitol riot left him with post-traumatic stress

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) speaks during a news conference on July 24, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Dan Kildee during a news conference last Julyin Washington, D.C. Photo: Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) opened up to "NBC Nightly News" in an interview broadcast Sunday evening about being left with post-traumatic stress following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Driving the news: Kildee shared with NBC footage he filmed on his phone of rioters storming Congress as he huddled with other lawmakers inside the complex.

  • Sitting beside his therapist, he told NBC's Hallie Jackson that viewing footage of the scenes when he got home "triggered an emotional and physical reaction."
  • He said he had a lot of tension in his chest, breathing was difficult, and he became "really irritable," so he sought treatment.

For the record: Kildee added that he decided to open up about his struggles in order to help others.

  • "Most people who experience trauma don't experience it in real time, on every network across the world," he added.
  • "They do it quietly, privately, painfully, silently, alone. And so if I can speak to them, that's what I want to do."
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