President Joe biden commemorated today Thursday the first anniversary of the insurrection in the United States Capitol, the violent attack by Donald Trump supporters that has fundamentally changed Congress and it has sparked global concern about the future of American democracy.
Biden arrived early at the Capitol assuring: “ I pray that we never have another day like the one we had today a year ago. ”
The president and the Democratic congressmen began the morning at Statuary Hall, one of the places where the rioters swirled a year ago and disrupted the electoral count. Biden has planned establish a contrast between the truth of what happened and false narratives that have emerged about the assault on the Capitol, including the continued refusal of many Republicans to claim that Biden won the 2020 election. It plans to highlight the permanent threat facing democracy of the nation by those who used or approved the use of force to attempt to subvert the will of the people.
“So at this moment we must decide what kind of nation we are going to be, “Biden will say., according to excerpts from his statements released early Thursday. “Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as the norm? Are we going to be a nation that allows partisan electoral officials to override the legally expressed will of the people? Are we going to be a nation that does not live in the light of the truth but in the shadow of the lie? We cannot afford to be that kind of nation. The way forward is rrecognize the truth and live in accordance with it”.
Biden planned to highlight “The singular responsibility” of then president Donald Trump for the violence of that day, when he incited his protesters and waited hours before calling for calm. He also planned to warn that January 6 is part of an enduring challenge to the nation’s system of government.
Rupture between the two parties
Democrats will attend a series of commemorative events during the day, in person and virtually, but Almost all Republicans on Capitol Hill will be absent. The division is a stark reminder of the break between the two parties, aggravated since hundreds of Trump supporters violently pushed police, used their fists and flagpoles to smash Capitol windows and disrupted the Biden’s victory certification.
Although the congressmen Republicans almost universally condemned the attack In the days since, most have remained loyal to the former president.
The congresswoman Liz cheney, chair of the House committee investigating the attack and one of the few Republican legislators who attended the Capitol ceremonies, warned that “the threat continues.” Trump, he noted, “ He continues to make the same claims that he knows caused the violence on January 6. ”
“ Unfortunately, too many in my own party are hugging the former president, looking the other way, or downplaying the danger, ” he told ““ Today” from NBC. This is how democracies die. We simply cannot allow that to happen. “.
Others, including the Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, were absent, with a contingent of colleagues who attended the former senator’s funeral Johnny isakson in Georgia.
In an attempt to inform the public, Democrats investigating the insurrection plan to spend the next few months telling the American people exactly what happened on January 6. But leaders will spend the anniversary appealing to broader patriotic instincts.
During the 2020 campaign, Biden explained that his drive to run for the White House was fight for the “soul of the nation” after seeing Trump’s comments that some good people were among the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. He warned that the American democracy was at stake, and your opinion is that the January 6 attack was a vivid display of their fears.
On Thursday, according to his assistants, Biden will resume the appeal he made during his inauguration speech, barely two weeks after the insurrection, so that the leaders tell the truth about the attack and what motivated him, even as some GOP lawmakers and the public deny the events of that day.
“ There are truths and there are lies ”Biden said then. “Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have promised to honor our Constitution and protect our nation – to defend the truth and defeat lies”.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy hairsi, will also mark the anniversary with an appeal to rise to the occasion, assuring The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that “Democracy won that night”, when Congress returned to the Capitol after the riots and affirmed Biden’s victory.
To honor the anniversary, Pelosi has scheduled a minute of silence in the Chamber, where many members were evacuated and some were trapped when rioters tried to enter. He will also give a speech private before Capitol personnel who, as he told the AP, stayed behind to “protect our democracy.”
Later, Democratic leaders will hold a moderate debate with historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham; and a session with testimonials from members who were there that day. Although many lawmakers will be absent due to concerns about COVID-19, Several of the events will be broadcast live so that they can participate.
Biden’s sharp message and Republicans’ distancing come in a time when legislators are adapting to the New Normal on Capitol Hill: Rising Tensions that many worry that it will lead to more violence or, someday, to the annulment of legitimate elections. Democrats and a handful of Republicans feel a desperate urge to connect with an audience some have reached. believe Trump’s lies that his elections were stolen and that the attack was not violent at all.
The “no” attack was violent
A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that 3 in 10 Republicans say the attack was not violent, and about another 3 in 10 say it was somewhat violent. About two-thirds of Americans described the day as very or extremely violent, including about 9 out of 10 Democrats.
While Biden is willing to turn the blame toward the former president, the percentage of Americans who blame Trump for the January 6 riots has grown slightly in the last year, with 57% that you say you have significant responsibility for what happened.
In an AP-NORC poll conducted in the days after the attack, 50% indicated that.
Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud were rejected by the courts and refuted by his own Justice Department.
An AP investigation found fewer than 475 cases of voter fraud among 25.5 million ballots cast in the six states contested by Trump, a minuscule number in percentage terms.