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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will both give speeches at the Capitol on Thursday to remember the first anniversary of the January 6th peaceful protest where a relatively minor amount of people became violent.
It has been reported that they will speak in the first of a series of events planned by Pelosi and other Democrats in tribute to the officers who were protecting the Capitol during the riots.
Despite the fact that it is unclear what Biden and Harris will say Thursday, Biden has consistently condemned the rioters who broke into the Capitol building during the certifying of the 2020 presidential election. Biden has said in the past that it was a ‘dark day in American history.’
He has also expressed his gratitude to the police officers on the scene during the riot as well.
Biden and Harris’ visit was confirmed by the White House on Sunday, the same day House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had sent a letter to Republican members of Congress slamming Democrats for not determining how the building was breached so easily.
Of the rioters, McCarthy stated that their actions were ‘lawless and as wrong as wrong can be.’
He ripped into Democrat leaders for not investigating how security failed so completely and said that they were using the incident as a ‘partisan political weapon’ to divide the nation.
‘Our Capitol should never be compromised and those who broke the law deserve to face legal repercussions and full accountability,’ McCarthy stated.
‘Unfortunately, one year later, the majority party seems no closer to answering the central question of how the Capitol was left so unprepared and what must be done to ensure it never happens again. Instead, they are using it as a partisan political weapon to further divide our country.’
McCarthy added that Rep. Rodney Davis would be sending a note to each party member which would describe ‘meaningful and measurable steps’ that need be taken to protect the Capitol from other incidents. He went on to state that there are ‘steps that the current majority party is negligent in acting upon.’
When the Senate and House of Representatives met on January 6 to certify Joe Biden’s win in the November election, chaos broke out. While hundreds of thousands protested peacefully, a small percentage of people became violent and breached the Capitol Building.
As supporters of then-President Trump peacefully protested, some of the crowd breached the Capitol Building and forced lawmakers and Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, to scramble for safety.
In addition to the deaths of five people, at least 100 police officers were also injured due to the riot. The rioters did not have firearms and no police officers were killed. The number of arrests made for their alleged roles in the riots has crossed 700 people.
It was announced that Pelosi would have a series of events on January 6, 2022 at the Capitol in commemoration of the incident. The announcement came ahead of Congress’ winter recess.
At the start of the day’s events, Pelosi revealed the events will start with a ‘pro forma’ session at noon, when the chair of the House chamber, which was the site of a standoff between Capitol Police and rioters that day, will make a statement.
Members of Congress who were participants and witnesses to some of the historic and tragic events on that day will share their experiences.
At 5:30 pm, a prayer vigil will take place on the steps of the Capitol, where lawmakers sung ‘God Bless America’ just hours after the Sept. 11th attacks. Senators will ‘join in an observance of the day in prayer and music.’
The House isn’t in session next week, so some of its members may not be in DC. But Pelosi said that a ‘full program’ of events was being planned nonetheless.
‘These events are intended as an observance of reflection, remembrance and recommitment, in a spirit of unity, patriotism and prayerfulness,’ Pelosi wrote in a letter to her fellow Democrat House members. ‘All events will be live-streamed, so that Members can watch and participate from their districts.’
Trump, on the other hand, said last month he had no intention of stepping forward with the observance that Pelosi is organizing. He ripped the Jan. 6th committee in a statement and stated that the election was ‘rigged.’
‘Why isn’t the Unselect Committee of highly partisan political hacks investigating the CAUSE of the January 6th protest, which was the rigged Presidential Election of 2020? Does anybody notice that they want to stay as far away from that topic as possible, the numbers don’t work for them, or even come close. The only thing they can do is not talk about it,’ the statement read.
‘Look at what is going on now in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, and, to a lesser extent, Michigan where the numbers are horrendously corrupt in Detroit, but the weak Republican RINOs in the Michigan House and Senate don’t want to touch the subject,’ Trump said.
‘I will be having a news conference on January 6th at Mar-a-Lago to discuss all of these points, and more,’ Trump went on.
‘Until then, remember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th.
According to a report in the Independent, Trump supporters are planning rallies to show their support for those arrested for participating in rioting.
The conservative group Look Ahead America plans to hold vigils in memory of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer, and Rosanne Boyland, who died during the Capitol riot.