Then and now: What people say about Jan. 6
On Jan. 6, 2021, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol intent on overturning a rightful presidential election, and perhaps even committing acts of violence.
The Fulcrum is devoting it's news coverage of the anniversary to a collection of remembrances from politicians, activites and others who have been impacted by that day's event. Here is a sampling of what people are saying today, and what they had to say exactly one year go.
Last year, for the first time in our history, a president who just lost an election tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol.\n\nBut they failed.\n \nAnd on this day of remembrance we must make sure that such an attack never happens again.— President Biden (@President Biden) 1641478971
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
What happened at the U.S. Capitol today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.https://www.romney.senate.gov/romney-condemns-insurrection-us-capitol\u00a0\u2026— Senator Mitt Romney (@Senator Mitt Romney) 1609974865
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D)
This is happening because of lies. \n\nBecause of a choice leaders made to spread and repeat lies about our democracy.\n\nThey spread and repeated those lies in court, to the media, in the halls of our state legislatures.\n\nThat is why this is happening.— Jocelyn Benson (@Jocelyn Benson) 1609964452
We spend today remembering how a lie, and an unwillingness to accept the will of the people, led to tragedy at our US Capitol.\n\nAnd then we spend tomorrow and everyday thereafter defending democracy and demanding consequences for all involved.\n\n#January6 #NeverAgain— Jocelyn Benson (@Jocelyn Benson) 1641471300
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Stop stoking division. \n\nStop spreading hatred. \n\nStop using malicious rhetoric (such as false & reckless charges of \u201csedition\u201d).\n\nStop showing contempt for the half of the country that disagrees with you.\n\nViolence is wrong. We can do better. We are one Nation. #EPluribusUnumhttps://twitter.com/BetoORourke/status/1346921717055283203\u00a0\u2026— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1609967433
My view is that anyone who commits an act of political violence should be prosecuted and anyone who assaults a law enforcement officer should go to jail for a very long time. The political left inexplicably and unacceptably wants to treat leftwing political violence differently.pic.twitter.com/Pp7f9rMujy— Senator Ted Cruz (@Senator Ted Cruz) 1641413968
Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Mich.)
I\u2019m sheltering in place in my office. The building next door has been evacuated. I can\u2019t believe I have to write this.— Rep. Haley Stevens (@Rep. Haley Stevens) 1609958716
Let us never hesitate to remember the events and actions of January 6th:\n\nA violent attempt to overthrow our government, condoned by an outgoing sitting President who refused to admit he overwhelmingly lost an election.— Haley Stevens (@Haley Stevens) 1641477864
It\u2019s what happens when we rely on \u201cnorms\u201d instead of clear laws to check presidential power.\n \nIt\u2019s what happens when digital misinformation is not sufficiently addressed.\n\nIt\u2019s what happens when democracy reaches a state of deep crisis.— RepresentUs (@RepresentUs) 1609967905
A year ago, insurrectionists stormed our nation\u2019s capital in a deadly attempt to undermine our democracy. They failed that day, but attacks on our democracy are still happening. \n\nJoin the movement to fight back: https://act.represent.us/sign/join-fight-protect-our-democracy/?source=co-so-Jan6-20211230&utm_source=co&utm_medium=so&utm_campaign=44202&utm_content=20211230&utm_term=\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/vzwtfJ8beG— RepresentUs (@RepresentUs) 1641483833
We showed up and voted, and Joe Biden is the clear winner of the election. Any cynical plot to try to reject that outcome goes against one of the foundational cornerstones of American democracy: free & fair elections where the will of the people determines who leads us.pic.twitter.com/E6ODDGHT7L— Common Cause (@Common Cause) 1609959900
\u201c#Jan6 interrupted two centuries of the peaceful transfer of power.\u201d -@KHobertFlynn \n\nIn America, the voters decide. Not a violent mob. \n\nThe clock is ticking. Our full statement on why we need to #RestoreTheVRA + pass #FreedomToVoteAct now:https://www.commoncause.org/press-release/january-6th-insurrection-one-year-later/\u00a0\u2026— Common Cause (@Common Cause) 1641476627
Sen. Lindsey Grahan
I could not agree more with President-elect Biden\u2019s statement to the nation. \n\nTime to retake the Capitol, end the violence, & stop the madness. \n\nTime to move forward in governing our nation. \n\nOur differences are real but the love of our nation overwhelms our differences.— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham) 1609969158
What brazen politicization of January 6 by President Biden. \n\nI wonder if the Taliban who now rule Afghanistan with al-Qaeda elements present, contrary to President Biden\u2019s beliefs, are allowing this speech to be carried?— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham) 1641479605
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
.@SenSchumer and I are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol grounds immediately.pic.twitter.com/z6D8qb6bpe— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi) 1609966517
On this day one year ago, our democracy was on the brink of catastrophe. Because of the courage of the Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police, and others, the insurrectionists failed to stop the peaceful transfer of power. \n\nThey lost. Democracy won. #January6thpic.twitter.com/XL7R8AmOpe— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi) 1641478200
Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin
The Trump experiment has been a disaster for the nation and the GOP, which has now lost the House, White House and Senate under his failed presidency. He's weakened the nation and perverted conservatism. It's time for a new path forward and it must begin with founding principles.— Evan McMullin \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Evan McMullin \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1609920164
My statement on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection and the way forward.pic.twitter.com/MVHXRoIguj— Evan McMullin \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Evan McMullin \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1641489765
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
From @SpeakerPelosi and me:\n\nWe are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately.— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer) 1609966601
What I just said in the Senate on the January 6th anniversary:\n\nThe attack didn\u2019t come out of the blue\n\nIt was an attempt to reverse our election\n\nViolent insurrection\u2014Call it what it is!\n\nIt was spurred by Trump\u2019s Big Lie, still with us now\n\nWe will act to protect our democracy— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer) 1641486814
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
“I salute and applaud those front-line U.S. Capitol Police officers who stood bravely in harm’s way during yesterday’s failed insurrection. We are praying today for those who sustained injuries, some serious, in the line of duty. Congress is also deeply grateful to the local officers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, the federal law enforcement personnel, the National Guard, and all the other professionals who deployed to help subdue the criminals and retake the Capitol.
“With that said, yesterday represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government. A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow. Initial bipartisan discussions have already begun among committees of oversight and Congressional Leadership.
“The ultimate blame for yesterday lies with the unhinged criminals who broke down doors, trampled our nation’s flag, fought with law enforcement, and tried to disrupt our democracy, and with those who incited them. But this fact does not and will not preclude our addressing the shocking failures in the Capitol’s security posture and protocols.”
“January 6th, 2021 was a dark day for Congress and our country. The United States Capitol, the seat of the first branch of our federal government, was stormed by criminals who brutalized police officers and used force to try to stop Congress from doing its job. This disgraceful scene was antithetical to the rule of law. One year later, I am as grateful as ever for the brave men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who served our institution bravely that day and every day since. I continue to support justice for those who broke the law.
“As I said yesterday, it has been stunning to see some Washington Democrats try to exploit this anniversary to advance partisan policy goals that long predated this event. It is especially jaw-dropping to hear some Senate Democrats invoke the mob’s attempt to disrupt our country’s norms, rules, and institutions as a justification to discard our norms, rules, and institutions themselves.
“A year ago today, the Senate did not bend or break. We stuck together, stood strong, gaveled back in, and did our job. Senators should not be trying to exploit this anniversary to damage the Senate in a different way from within.”
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