The January 6 uprising on the United States Capitol marked an irreversible turning point in American democracy for many Americans. The attack, based on the reversal of the 2020 presidential election results, led to five deaths, hundreds of arrests and the creation of bipartisan House selection committee dedicated to investigating the causes behind it.
The events of that day led to the end of that month Second impeachment of former President Donald Trump on his role in inciting violence. He was acquitted by the Senate in February.
In the wake of the Capitol riots, Relations between Republican and Democratic senators and members of Congress. – many of whom took refuge from the rioters on Capitol Hill – felt tense. Some have questioned the trustworthiness of those who still support Trump.
Legislators will mark the day with narratives, reflections and a prayer vigil.
Biden to attribute ‘singular responsibility’ to Trump for Jan.6 attack in Capitol speech
President Joe Biden will attribute “singular responsibility” for the January 6 attack on the Capitol against former President Donald Trump during Thursday’s remarks within a year of the insurrection.
The White House said Biden will use his speech to “forcibly reject the lie spread by the former president” about the 2020 elections.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will speak Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, kicking off a full day of events to commemorate the attack. Excerpts published before it point to a speech centered on a turning point in American democracy.
“So at this point we must decide what kind of nation we are going to be. Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation in which we allow partisan election officials to overthrow the will of the people legally expressed? Are we going to be a nation that lives not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies?
“We cannot afford to be that kind of nation.
“The way forward is to acknowledge the truth and live by it.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden “will speak the truth about what happened” on January 6 and will speak about the work the United States must do to “secure and strengthen our democracy.”
“I would expect President Biden to expose the significance of what happened on Capitol Hill and the unique responsibility that President Trump has for the chaos and carnage we saw,” Psaki said, “and will forcibly reject the lie spread by the former President and tries to deceive the American people and his own followers, as well as to distract his role in what happened. “
Psaki said Biden will also touch on the voting rights legislation, which Democratic leaders hope to pass before Jan.17, Martin Luther King Jr.Day.
– Joey Garrison
Who has been prosecuted?
Federal prosecutors have charged more than 700 people in more than 45 states for participating in the insurrection.
Among the defendants are Frank Scavo, former Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate; Tam Dinh Pham, a former Houston police officer; and “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli.
Capitol Riot Arrests Database:Search this database for hundreds of people charged in the January 6 riot at the Capitol
Notable images of January 6
The events of the day were witnessed live by millions through live broadcasts and captured in shocking images. Leaf through the most iconic photos here. Here are some notable ones.
ABOVE: Trump Supporters force yourself through a police barrier in front of the Capitol. The rioters breached police lines on the west side of the building at 2:11 p.m.
ABOVE: Police fire tear gas at rioters surrounding the Capitol on January 6. Those who passed the police lines scaled the walls. Some were photographed breaking the building’s windows around 2:30 p.m.
ABOVE: The rioters who violated the chamber of the House faced a confrontation with the armed forces of order. Shots were reportedly fired into the chamber. At 2:44 p.m., lawmakers were given escape hoods, breathing hoods and a mask to protect against fires and chemical accidents before evacuating the room, according to witnesses.
The rioters face off outside the Senate chamber after violating the Capitol. Trump supporter Jacob Chansley arrived with horns and an American flag. Chansley was arrested days later and sentenced in November to 41 months in federal prison for obstructing a civil proceeding.
Police ammunition used to defend against rioters illuminates the west side of the Capitol. The crowd of Trump supporters made their way into the building, overcoming barriers erected by law enforcement and smashing windows to enter.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism