Biden Slams Trump On The 1st Capitol Siege Anniversary

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President Joe Biden slammed predecessor Donald Trump on Thursday of spinning a “web of lies” to undermine American democracy during a speech commemorating the anniversary of a fatal Capitol attack by Trump supporters seeking to overturn his 2020 election loss.

In Summary

  • Joe Biden claims that Donald Trump has spun a “web of lies” around the 2020 presidential election. Biden’s speech comes on the anniversary of an attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters seeking to avenge his defeat.
  • President Trump accuses President Biden of attempting to divide the country and reiterating his false election claims.
  • Only two Republicans were seen at a House of Representatives memorial event.
  • Four people were killed during the hours-long chaos that ensued after Trump tended supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell.”

Biden debunks Trump’s apparent conspiracy

Biden said in a speech at the white-domed building where rioters smashed windows, assaulted police, and forced lawmakers to flee for their lives on Jan. 6, 2021, that Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud could undermine the rule of law and subvert future elections.

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“A former President of the United States of America concocted and propagated a web of lies around the 2020 election. He has done so because he places a premium on power above principle,” Biden explained. “He is unwilling of accepting defeat.”

Biden never once mentioned his predecessor throughout the 25-minute address, telling reporters afterwards that he was seeking to focus on risks to America’s political system rather than on Trump.

The tone, which took a dig at Trump’s “bruised ego,” was a twist for Biden, who has spent a lot of his first year in office advancing his own agenda. In the hours following his successor’s remarks, Trump issued three statements accusing Biden of seeking to create division and reiterating his baseless election claims.

Trump’s behavior during the last year, as with his office, has been norm-shattering. Unlike other former presidents who were denied re-election, Trump has refused to accept the voters’ verdict and has pressed fellow Republicans to overturn the results, but has been unsuccessful.

His phony accusations have provided cover for Republicans on the state level to enact new voting restrictions they claim are necessary to fight fraud. According to research, this sort of election fraud is extremely atypical in the United States.

Biden’s Democratic colleagues, a handful Republicans, and and several independent experts have stated that Trump’s continued denials could make it less likely that future US power transfers will be peaceful – particularly those involving closer margins than the 7 million votes Biden won in the 2020 election.

The speech demonstrated that Biden and other Democrats continue to be skeptical about Trump’s staying power. Even some Republicans believed Trump’s grip on his party had been weakened in the early wake of the riot, but Trump has only cemented it since then.

“Our democracy is really fragile, and the cult of The Big Lie is still very much alive and well, aided by the vast majority of our colleagues on the other side, who continue to endeavor to rewrite or ignore history,” Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal said during an afternoon event.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led dozens of bundled-up Democratic lawmakers holding candles in a minute of silence on the Capitol steps as part of a candlelight prayer vigil that concluded the anniversary’s official events.

Not far away, a vigil held at the District of Columbia jail for the approximately 40 detainees charged in connection with the Jan. 6 assault drew a small crowd.

“This is not speedy justice,” remarked L.A. Warren, 65, who had driven to Washington from his Michigan home for the day and claimed to have taken part in the Capitol’s storming. “A year is a long period of time when these people – a large number of them, in my opinion – were trespassing.”

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Trumpism, Hero worship, or Voodoo?

Only two Republicans were seen in a House of Representatives session commemorating the anniversary of the riot: Representative Liz Cheney, who has been shunned by her party colleagues for criticizing Trump, and her father Dick Cheney, who served as Vice President under President George W. Bush.

“A party in thrall to a personality cult is a dangerous party for the country,” Liz Cheney cautioned as she exited the Capitol.

According to Dick Cheney, contemporary GOP party leaders have no resemblance to any of the guys he knew during his tenure in Congress.

The next federal election in the United States will take place in November, with Republicans expected to reclaim a majority in at least one of the two chambers of Congress. This might jeopardize Biden’s capacity to implement legislation and set the scenario for two years of legislative impasse leading up to a looming rematch between Biden and Trump in 2024.

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Clear evidence to the contrary

According to Ipsos polls, 55% of Republican voters trust Trump’s fraudulent assertions, which have been refuted by dozens of courts, state election commissions, and members of his own administration.

Four people died in the chaotic hours that followed Trump’s call for followers to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell.” One police officer died that day while combating rioters, and four more committed suicide later that year. Approximately 140 police officers sustained injuries. Prosecutors in the United States have filed criminal charges against at least 725 people linked to the riot.

Trump has a high level of popularity among Republican voters and is attempting to mold the Republican primary field for the Nov. 8 congressional elections.

Most Republican elected officials have remained loyal to him, and some have attempted to downplay the riot. Liz Cheney is one of just two Republicans on a House committee investigating the riot, which has found evidence in recent weeks showing Trump aides encouraging him to call off the rioters as the attack unfolded.

Other Republicans charged that Democrats were abusing the anniversary for political purposes.

“What brazen politicization of Jan. 6 by President Biden,” Senator Lindsey Graham said, referring to the senator’s frequent reversals on Trump, including denouncing him following the riot and then defending him.

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