UPDATED — 9:58 a.m. 1/6/2022
Both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have spoken on today’s anniversary. See their speeches in full below.
President Barack Obama has also weighed in.
“One year ago, a violent attack on our Capitol made it clear just how fragile the American experiment in democracy really is. And while the broken windows have been repaired and many of the rioters have been brought to justice, the truth is that our democracy is at greater risk today than it was back then,” said President Obama via a statement. ”
“Although initially rejected by many Republicans, the claims that fanned the flames of violence on January 6th have since been embraced by a sizeable portion of voters and elected officials – many of whom know better.”
“State legislatures across the country have not only made it harder to vote, but some have tried to assert power over core election processes including the ability to certify election results. And those remaining Republican officials and thought leaders who have courageously stood their ground and rejected such anti-democratic efforts have been ostracized, primaried, and driven from the party.”
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Today, January 6, 2022, marks the first anniversary of the Ritz-flavored riots that took place at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Hard to believe that it has already been 365 days since we sat around our televisions, jaws agape, watching thousands of white people break into the federal monument, violently beat the “blue lives” that they claim matter, destroy property, and cause complete pandemonium. If you’re like us, you said “these c******s crazy” a LOT that day. A lot more than usual.
According to CNN, the Capitol Police chief noted that there have already been 9600 threats against politicians in 2022 alone. It’s only been 6 days. That should give you a good idea of how active the vitriol still is even after a year’s time.
Joe Biden plans to make some remarks today that CNN says will point the finger squarely at Donald Trump as the sole ringleader of attempted insurrection.
During his speech at Statuary Hall inside the Capitol building, Biden is expected to “lay out the significance of what happened at the Capitol and the singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during Wednesday’s press briefing.
In a preview of the President’s remarks, Psaki said Biden will also “push back on the lie spread by the former President and attempt to mislead the American people and his own supporters as well as distract from his role and what happened.”
Not sure what that is supposed to do. We already know Trump is responsible, President Obvious. We all watched it. We know that scoring some political points is always en vogue, but how about a speech about the MAGA army and the poison that is coursing through America’s veins right now? Going all “whoop that trick” on the orange man for 30 minutes isn’t the flex that Joey thinks it is…