On anniversary of Capitol riot, Washington – and America – are as divided as ever

1/7/2022 6:23:00 AM
On anniversary of Capitol riot, Washington – and America – are as divided as ever

On anniversary of Capitol riot, Washington – and America – are as divided as ever

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On anniversary of Capitol riot, Washington – and America – are as divided as ever

Partisanship overshadows sombre commemorations as insurrection becomes another wedge in a split nation

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You can’t imagine how much I sympathize with American at most for they have freed us from the German during Second World War ( I’m Italian). Very grateful for this, but they are too divided. Any state has his own rules. I don’t know to me there is too much confusion now. Thanks to the Trump's swamp and enablers. Fox,Breitbart, Facebook, ect.

Thanks to Biden and his VP Interesting. Anybody think that divisive speech by JoeBiden had any play in the division The partisanship don't enter into it. The root problem is the neurotic breakdown of the middle class as all the opportunity and wealth is completely expunged out of the system. Ready for DonaldTrump return as President.

You would think that line would stop selling papers by now but no. seems to still be making you guys money somehow to exacerbate differences between people. and in another country for that matter. Hello everyone, I'm not here to impress or convince you. I invested my money with 4 different managers at the end of it, it came out nothing, I never believed in any manager due to my past experience but Mr Gray prove me wrong that there are still real managers earn_with_gray

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Fri 7 Jan 2022 03.Media caption, Watch: Officer Harry Dunn is still traumatised by the attack on the Capitol President Joe Biden will blame Donald Trump for the US Capitol riot as he marks the anniversary of the attack on the seat of American democracy.Donald Trump on Wednesday issued a statement urging his supporters to 'rise up' against Democrat measures to control COVID-19 like vaccine mandates.Agents are looking for 250 who assaulted police and another 100 tied to the riot.

20 GMT Last modified on Fri 7 Jan 2022 03.22 GMT They thought it couldn’t happen here. Investigators have so far arrested 725 suspects in connection with the attack. But so did many other nations before America. Four Trump supporters died in the riot and five members of law enforcement died in the days and weeks after. Walking the halls of the snowbound US Capitol on Thursday afternoon, a year to the hour since it was it was hard to imagine the mob running riot – pummeling police, flaunting the Confederate flag and abusing a Black officer with the n-word. Images of US lawmakers cowering from the mob in the gallery of the House of Representatives on that afternoon of 6 January 2021 shocked the world. But yes, it did happen here. More than 700 people have been charged so far, with the longest sentence going to a man who sprayed officers with a fire extinguisher and threw it at them.

The cathedral of American democracy was scarcely attended and hauntingly hushed for the anniversary, in part because the coronavirus is rampant in Washington. The former president had planned to host a competing news conference on Thursday from his Mar-a-Lago resort home in Palm Beach, Florida. Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will speak Thursday morning at the U. Walk up a staircase and you might see a solitary reporter fetching coffee. Turn down a marbled corridor and you might spot a lone Capitol police officer – was he among those that fought and bled that day? Republicans were particularly hard to find, their absence illustrating the radically different interpretations of what happened on 6 January 2021, or as one headline put it, It was clear that America could not decide whether this was a political scrap or a national tragedy, a moment for angry polarisation or unified mourning. A spokesman for Mr Trump, Taylor Budowich, said it was "unsurprising" that Mr Biden would spend the day "trying to further divide our nation" in an attempt to distract voters from rising inflation and crime and coronavirus school closures. It did not feel like catharsis. The vice-president, Kamala Harris, kicked it off just after 9am “dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory”, citing 7 December 1941, 11 September 2001 – and 6 January 2021. The White House press secretary said the president's speech "will 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".

Kamala Harris began the commemoration. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock But whereas the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought Americans together to fight the second world war, and the terrorist strikes on New York and Washington conjured rare solidarity, the deadly siege of the Capitol turns out to be just another wedge in the divided states of America. "President Biden has been clear-eyed about the threat the former president represents to our democracy," Ms Psaki continued. And unlike those previous calamities, the more than 220-year-old Capitol bears few visible scars of the day that windows were smashed, congressional offices ransacked and faeces left on the floor. Without a tangible reminder, it is easier to deny reality or forget. An inquiry into the riot is being conducted by a House committee, which is dominated by President Biden's Democrats. Instead, the scars are psychological and institutional; the bleeding is internal.

Harris was followed by Joe Biden, whose barnstorming speech offered his most vivid critique yet of his predecessor Donald Trump’s big lie about the 2020 election and incitement of the mob. They have issued legal summonses to members of Mr Trump's inner circle. It was an I-don’t-negotiate-with-terrorists epiphany for the president about the limits of bipartisanship. “I did not seek this fight brought to this Capitol one year ago today, but I will not shrink from it either,” said Biden, unexpectedly at 79 discovering his inner Henry V and previewing his 2024 election campaign. Mr McConnell said in the immediate aftermath of the riot that Mr Trump was "practically and morally responsible". “I will stand in this breach. I will defend this nation. But conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was lambasted on the right on Wednesday after he labelled the riot "a violent terrorist attack".

And I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of our democracy.” But it was the details of that day – the sound of gunfire, the narrow escapes, the messages to loved ones – that struck a chord and stuck. "The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last," he said. They were bulwarks against the attempts to rewrite history and supplant it with a false narrative. These details were recalled by senators speaking in the chamber that had been overrun by the rioters such as Jacob Chansley who, wearing a Viking hat and carrying a six-foot spear, scaled the dais and took the seat that Mike Pence had occupied an hour earlier, proclaiming, “Mike Pence is a fucking traitor” and writing, “It’s Only A Matter of Time." He said 140 police officers had been assaulted, including one who was beaten and zapped repeatedly with a stun gun until he had a heart attack. Justice Is Coming!” There was Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, who had only been in the chamber for 45 minutes, watching the start of the counting of ballots, when an armed police officer in a big flak jacket grabbed him firmly by the collar.

”I’ll never forget that grip. Media caption, When a mob stormed the US capitol Mr Garland is facing pressure from the left to prosecute the rioters more aggressively, as well as charge the former president himself and his allies.” “And said to me, ‘Senator, we got to get out of here, you’re in danger.’” Schumer was within 30ft of “these nasty, racist, bigoted insurrectionists”, he recounted. "We resolve more straightforward cases first because they provide the evidentiary foundation for more complex cases. “Had someone had a gun, had two of them blocked off the door, who knows what would have happened. I was told later that one of them reportedly said, ‘There’s the big Jew. These suspects have been charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, and obstructing congressional proceedings.

Let’s get him’. Bigotry against one is bigotry against all. Mr Garland said 300,000 tips had been submitted by private citizens, and the FBI were still hunting about 2,500 suspects.” Senator Amy Klobuchar also had indelible memories of being evacuated from the chamber. “I remember the words of one staff member who yelled out, ‘Take the boxes. Two others died from natural causes related to cardiovascular disease and another succumbed to a drug overdose. Take the boxes.

’ She was talking about the mahogany boxes that were filled with the electoral ballots, because we knew they would be destroyed if they were left behind. In an opinion piece for the New York Times on Wednesday, the oldest-living former US President, Jimmy Carter, warned that the country "now teeters on the brink of a widening abyss".” She remembered how her staff hid in a closet with only forks to protect themselves, next to the doors where the insurrectionists had invaded. She remembered the cuts on the faces of police officers. Americans must set aside differences and work together before it is too late. And she remembered officer Harry Dunn, who was called the n-word multiple times, looked at his friend as they collapsed in the rotunda and asked, “Is this America? Is this America?” Over in the House of Representatives, where 20 members had to take cover in the gallery that day, Speaker Nancy Pelosi presided over a moment of silence. Tellingly, there were only two Republicans on the floor: the former vice-president Dick Cheney and his daughter, congresswoman Liz Cheney, dying embers of the party’s anti-Trump resistance. He is still seen as holding sway over the party.

Members of Congress and staff participate in a prayer vigil on the East Front of the Capitol. Photograph: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/REX/Shutterstock Dick Cheney said in a statement that he is “deeply disappointed at the failure of many members of my party to recognize the grave nature of the January 6 attacks and the ongoing threat to our nation. Wyoming's Liz Cheney was stripped of her Republican leadership position in the House, but is spearheading the congressional inquiry into the Capitol riot.” That failure was manifest in the decision of Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy to stay well away from Washington. Minority whip Steve Scalise’s office did have a sign that said, “Thank you, U. James Clark, 69, a life-long Republican voter in Virginia, said: "It was truly shocking. S.

Capitol police heroes”, but it opened to reveal a staffer and a TV showing replays of the riot, but no sign of the congressman himself." But Trump voter Keri Smith, 42, of Texas, argued that the Black Lives Matter protests were worse. Trump had cancelled a press conference but there were two Republicans who could not resist the limelight. In a tiny room (for which they inevitably blamed Pelosi), Trump acolytes Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene spun baseless conspiracy theories about FBI involvement in the deadly attack. Laura Powers, a disaffected Republican, says she is "still horrified" by what she watched on TV that day. Gaetz insisted: “We did not want the Republican voice to go unheard today.” Greene played the all too familiar whataboutism card. The riot has been described as the worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812.

Don’t forget, she said, that Senator Bernie Sanders thinks the 2016 Democratic primary was stolen from him, and Hillary Clinton thinks the 2016 general election was stolen from her. “If Democrats cared about riots, they would have cared about the Antifa-BLM riots all over the country in 2020. In 1983 a female-led communist group bombed the US Senate.” When one reporter challenged Gaetz about Biden’s memorable image of a dagger being held at the throat of democracy, the Florida congressman insisted: “We are here to vindicate our democracy.” That is the twist: the mass delusion behind Trump’s big lie is that his followers believe they are saving democracy rather than destroying it. One of the co-defendants in that attack had her sentence in another case commuted by US President Bill Clinton. Republicans are imposing voter restriction laws and seeking to put Trump loyalists in charge of running elections.

The next assault on the republic is unlikely to be as clumsy or crude as 6 January. Thursday’s commemorations ended with a prayer vigil on the US Capitol steps. Two decades ago on 9/11, Democrats and Republicans stood side by side here and This time, holding candles and wearing masks as the US marine band played, Democrats again stood and sang “God Bless America”. This time, there were no Republicans. Topics .