Our democracy stands today because of a small number of state and local officials who maintained their oaths and stood up for election integrity, even as their lives were ruined by a mob boss president and his gang of criminal dead-enders. Tuesday’s Jan 6 hearings laid out the serious human suffering caused by those who looked to overthrow our democracy. Arizona’s Republican state House Speaker Rusty Bowers told the committee that he explained to Trump and Giuliani, “You’re asking me to do something against my oath and I will not break my oath.” He maintained this rare determination even as he was doxxed, received thousands of threatening phone calls, and his neighbors were verbally abused by a guy with a pistol. Shaye Moss told the committee how her life (and her mom’s) was torn apart by a president who lied about her the same way he lied about the election. These were just a couple of examples of the horrible price public servants paid for doing the right thing. Here are a few more takeaways from the hearings’ most damning day yet. These crimes cannot be allowed to stand.

+ Even though Bowers was one of the key defenders of our democracy and his family suffered mightily for his honesty, he had this to say about Trump after the hearings. “If he is the nominee, if he was up against Biden, I’d vote for him again.” Partisanship is America’s most dangerous disease.

+ Lordy, There Are Tapes: The criminal gang that tried to overthrow our democracy was kind enough to leave voicemails and other recordings behind as evidence. And there’s more where that came from. A British filmmaker gave Congress unreleased footage of Trump and his family. There’s so much new evidence, the Jan 6 committee has announced more hearings.