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President Joe Biden speaks from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol to mark the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

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President Joe Biden on Thursday forcefully condemned Donald Trump’s election “big lie” that sparked the deadly breach of the Capitol by his supporters and continues to motivate deep national division. He marked the anniversary of the insurrection by declaring he will stand and fight for “the soul of America.”

Biden’s criticism was blistering of the “defeated president” who he blamed for the attack that has fundamentally changed Congress and raised global concerns about the future of American democracy.

“For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden said. “But they failed.”

His voice booming at times, filling the ornate hall with statues of the country’s leaders and heroes, he said called on Americans to see Jan. 6 for what it was.

“Democracy was attacked,” Biden said at the Capitol. “We the people endure. We the people prevailed.”

The president and congressional Democrats started the day in Statuary Hall, one of several spots where rioters swarmed a year ago and interrupted the electoral count. Biden drew a contrast between the truth of what happened and the false narratives that have sprung up about the Capitol assault, including the continued refusal by many Republicans to affirm that Biden won the 2020 election.

“You and I and the whole world saw with our own eyes,” Biden said.

A protestor holds his sign at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. President Joe Biden and members of Congress are solemnly marking the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. Lawmakers are holding events Thursday to reflect on the violent attack by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. The ceremonies will be widely attended by Democrats, but almost every Republican on Capitol Hill will be absent. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He asked those listening to close their eyes and recall what they saw that day, as he described the harrowing, violent scene, the mob attacking police, threatening the House speaker, erecting gallows threatening to hang the vice president — all while Trump sat at the White House watching it on TV.

“Here is the God’s truth about Jan. 6, 2021,” Biden said. ”They were looking to subvert the Constitution.”

“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. Here’s the truth,” he said. “The former president of the United States of America has spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”

“We are in a battle for the soul of America.”

The U.S. Capitol is seen at dawn, one year after the violent Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of then-President Donald Trump who assaulted police and smashed their way into the Congress to interrupt the Electoral College certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“I did not seek this fight, brought to this Capitol one year from today. But I will not shrink from it either. I will stand in this breach, I will defend this nation. I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of this democracy.”

A series of remembrance events during the day will be widely attended by Democrats, in person and virtually, but almost every Republican on Capitol Hill will be absent. The division is a stark reminder of the rupture between the two parties, worsening since hundreds of Trump’s supporters violently pushed past police, used their fists and flagpoles to break through the windows of the Capitol and interrupted the certification of Biden’s victory.

While congressional Republicans almost universally condemned the attack in the days afterward, most have stayed loyal to the former president.

A large group of police arrive at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. President Joe Biden and members of Congress are solemnly marking the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. Lawmakers are holding events Thursday to reflect on the violent attack by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. The ceremonies will be widely attended by Democrats, but almost every Republican on Capitol Hill will be absent. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Rep. Liz Cheney, chair of the House committee investigating the attack and one of the few GOP lawmakers attending the Capitol ceremonies, warned that “the threat continues.” Trump, she said, “continues to make the same claims that he knows caused violence on January 6.”

“Unfortunately, too many in my own party are embracing the former president, are looking the other way or minimizing the danger,” she told NBC’s “Today.” “That’s how democracies die. We simply cannot let that happen.”

Others, including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, were absent, with a contingent of colleagues attending the funeral for former Sen. Johnny Isakson in Georgia.

A year after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, television cameras and video monitors fill Statuary Hall in preparation for news coverage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. President Joe Biden is prepared to mark the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection Thursday, gathering with lawmakers to remember the violent attack that has fundamentally changed the Congress and raised global concerns about the future of American democracy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In a bid to inform the public, Democrats investigating the insurrection plan to spend the coming months telling the American people exactly what happened last Jan. 6. But leaders will spend the anniversary appealing to broader patriotic instincts.

During the 2020 campaign, Biden said his impetus for running for the White House was to fight for the “soul of the nation” after watching Trump’s comments that some good people were among the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. He warned that American democracy was at stake, and his view is that the Jan. 6 attack was a vivid demonstration of his fears.

Biden has come under criticism from some in his party for not forcibly explaining to Americans the ways democracy is at risk, or pushing Congress hard enough to pass election and voting rights legislation that is stalled by a filibuster in the Senate. The president has suggested democracy can be bolstered by showing Americans government can work. But critics say that is not enough.

On Thursday, aides said, Biden will harken back to his call during his inaugural address, just two weeks after the insurrection, for leaders to speak the truth about the attack and what motivated it — even as some GOP lawmakers and the the public deny the events of that day.

“There is truth and there are lies,” Biden said at the time. “Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders — leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, too, is marking the anniversary with a high-minded appeal, telling The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that “democracy won that night,” when Congress returned to the Capitol after the riot and affirmed Biden’s victory.

To honor the anniversary, Pelosi has scheduled a moment of silence in the House, where many members were evacuated and some were trapped as the rioters tried to break in. She will also deliver private remarks to Hill staff who, as she told AP, stayed to “protect our democracy.”

Later the Democratic leaders will hold a moderated discussion with historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham; and a session featuring testimonials from members who were there that day. While many lawmakers will be absent due to concerns about COVID-19, several of the events will be livestreamed so they can participate.

Biden’s sharp message and the Republicans’ distance from it come as lawmakers are adjusting to the new normal on Capitol Hill — the growing tensions that many worry will result in more violence or, someday, a legitimate election being overturned. Democrats and a handful of Republicans feel a desperate urgency to connect to a public in which some have come to believe Trump’s lies that the election was stolen from him and that the attack wasn’t violent at all.

A new poll from 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. Around two-thirds of Americans described the day as very or extremely violent, including about 9 in 10 Democrats.

As Biden is prepared to direct blame toward the former president, the percentage of Americans who blame Trump for the Jan. 6 riot has grown slightly over the past year, with 57% saying he bears significant responsibility for what took place.

In an AP-NORC poll taken in the days after the attack, 50% said that.

Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud were rejected by the courts and refuted by his own Justice Department.

An investigation by the AP found fewer than 475 cases of voter fraud among 25.5 million ballots cast in the six battleground states disputed by Trump, a minuscule number in percentage terms.

(AP)


22 COMMENTS

  1. Remember how when he was running for president ant they told us that Biden is a unifier who will bring back the days of bipartisanship ? What a bunch of total sheker!

    I’m no Trump supporter but I have to concede. Biden got up there looking for a fight. Biden was demagoguing to rile up his supporters the same way Trump did.

  2. Sleepy joe such a liar:- as everyone knows, President Donald Trump did win the election, and it is sleepy joe who stole the election, which is why nancy didn’t pre-order extra security at Capitol up front, as she had repeatedly been requested by President Donald Trump to do so.

  3. Old demented Joe. This speech was written by one of the left’s.
    The claim about the rigged election was never really disproved, was only laughed off by the mighty NY Times,CNN, WAPO etc. All the hanky panky wasn’t even considered. I know it sounds loony but at a Din Torah this would have had to be considered.

  4. Wow. Mesmerizing speech. Joe is a natural born leader. He is a uniter. He is a unifier. He has brought our nation together. We are so lucky to have Joe Biden as our commander in chief during these uncertain turbulent times. I agree with Jen Psaki. Joe is thee most transparent President in our Nations history. So much so, that he will not take any questions from the downtrodden peasantry that pays his salary.

  5. What a Joke LOL
    This guy has truly united the people of the United States to disapprove of his handling of almost everything
    BUT LET US NOT FORGET YOU COULD ONLY TALK AGAINST HALF OF THE COUNTRY IN YOUR SPEECHES BUT NEVER ON TWITTER.
    ARE WE NOT SO VERY VERY LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT PRESIDENT????????????????????

  6. off course the dems are going to use their one piece of ammo over and over and over and never let go of jan 6
    off course the the blm riots witch were far more deadly and costly is forgotten
    disgusting

  7. …..he will stand and fight for “the soul of America.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    This man is too old to stand, too senile to fight, has no idea what a soul is, and sure as heck doesn’t know what an American is!
    He Does know how to spend trillions of tax money, he Does know how to cackle, and he sure as heck knows what Mexicans are. This President of the US is the worst president EVER on US soil

  8. This is exactly what Trump was waiting for. Trump has now been officially endorsed by the White House as the presidential contender for 2024.

  9. Can’t stand listening to the hypocrisy of this.

    “Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm”
    Somehow BLM Riots were completely acceptable

    “You can’t love your country only when you win”
    Like having 2 phony impeachments on a president because you didn’t win?

  10. Yup…the big Biden lie. January 6th was pulled off by gangs of BLM and Antifa thugs dressed up as white rednecks with MAGA hats and carrying Confederate flags. They were coordinated by George Soros from his laser-ship circling over the California wildfires with no Trumpkopf involvement whatsover.

  11. His speech was so powerful that inflation, and rising high pricing just fell back to normal, that’s how good he is. That’s how much he did for our country. Dummy.

  12. What an idiot! What a maroon, as bugs bunny would say.

    He talked about the people that were killed. The last we heard only one person died on January 6th because of January 6th, that would have been Ashley Babbitt who was there as a private citizen. She was shot by a Capitol Hill police officer who had a history of flying off a little bit .

    The Deep State failed us on January 6th and they continue to do so.

  13. The attack of last year was yesterday’s news! Only an empty bore reports and comments about last year’s news. There are so many important issues Mr. President; get on with taking care of the country.

  14. I will never forget the night of the elections when the counting stopped and woke up to a sudden bump for Biden numbers only and they kept finding more votes (BTW I have no clue what it means finding votes) the whole this was stinking to high heaven and we never got any answers. So if someone can explain logically how every poll was off and how Biden gained everything overnight the I might not have any questions.

  15. Its scary how Trump became the Mashiach of some communities. That along with the flagrant violation of halacha and the law of the land when it came to covid, should make people very concerned.