Biden blames Trump’s ‘web of lies’ for US Capitol attack in first anniversary speech. Biden: Trump ‘has created and spread a web of lies’ Joe Biden continued to go strong against Donald Trump in his speech on the anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol:
“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election,” Biden said.
“He has done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interests as more important than his country’s interests. Because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution.
“He can’t accept he lost, even though that’s what 93 United States senators, his own attorney general, his own vice-president, governors and state officials in every battleground state have said: he lost. That’s what 81 million of you did when you voted for a new way forward.”
Joe Biden blames Donald Trump’s ‘web of lies’ for US Capitol attack – video
The only Republican event commemorating the anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol was hosted by far-right extremists Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Big disclaimer: none of the following is backed by evidence or facts.
Speaking to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in a conversation on Capitol Hill, historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham argued that the 6 January insurrection demonstrated the need for Americans to defend their democracy.
Meacham described the events of 6 January as “the worst instincts of both human nature and American politics”. “The reality of American life is that we have to defend this experiment,” Meacham said.
Goodwin expressed hope that pro-democracy Americans will have the opportunity to “write the chapter of our story,” citing the example set by those who fought for the Union in the Civil War and marched for civil rights in the 1960’s.
“We’ve come through these really tough times before,” Goodwin said.
“We’ve had lots of people who were willing to step up and put their public lives against their private lives. And that’s what we’ve got to depend on today. That’s what we need in these years and months ahead.”
A group of historians is now holding a conversation on Capitol Hill about the significance of the 6 January insurrection and the importance of preserving American democracy.
The conversation is moderated by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and she is joined by prominent historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham.
Introducing the three experts, House speaker Nancy Pelosi underscored the need to set the record straight about the violent insurrection, which resulted in the deaths of five people.
“One year later, it is essential that we do not allow anyone to rewrite history or whitewash the gravity of what took place,” the Democratic speaker said.
“It is our duty to find the facts of January 6 to ensure that such an assault on our democracy cannot happen again.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was questioned about the lack of Republicans participating in today’s commemorations for the anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol. She responded that the question would be better asked of the Republicans.
“We’re talking about some Republicans in Congress – not all, but many, far too many, in our view and in the president’s view – who need to take a look at themselves and what role they want to play in the history books,” she said. “When their children and grandchildren look at the history books, do they want to be perpetuating the big lie? Do they want to be walking like silent lemmings behind the former president, who fomented an insurrection? Or do they want to be part of saving our democracy?”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked what Joe Biden’s forceful speech means for the justice department investigation into the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.
Critics have been unhappy with attorney general Merrick Garland – in particular, many had been hoping Garland’s speech yesterday would have been more like the president’s speech today in clearly laying blame for the attack at the feet of Donald Trump.
Psaki made clear that any criminal consequences that Trump may face will be up to the justice department, which acts independently of the Biden administration. No matter what Biden said today, “the president wants the justice department and the attorney general to act independently, as the attorney general demanded when he accepted the job and as the president expected and demanded from any attorney general he was going to select,” Psaki said.
Vice-president Kamala Harris has drawn some criticism from conservatives for naming the 6 January attack on the US Capitol along with the attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as some of the darkest days for American democracy.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded today that even on the darkest days in US history, “there were no Confederate flags being waved in the Capitol” – members of the mob proudly waved a Confederate flag in the Capitol after they breached the gates, something even Confederate soldiers weren’t ever able to do during the American civil war.
“In very dark moments in our history, there were not people storming our nation’s Capitol, trying to take over the office and threatening the speaker of the House,” Psaki said. “For those who are being critics of the vice president’s remark, instead of focusing or analyzing comparisons of moments in history, I would suggest they be a part of solving the threat to democracy that is happening today.”
Joe Biden will speak about voter rights next week, an issue that Democrats say is our the next great challenge facing our democracy. Lawmakers like senate majority leader Chuck Schumer have tied the events of the 6 January attack to the attack on voter rights across the country.
A big hurdle for passing nationalized voter rights protections is the filibuster, a parliamentary tool that Republicans have used repeatedly to block legislation. Schumer has set a deadline of 17 January, Martin Luther King Jr Day, for holding a vote to change the rules of the filibuster, but has yet to detail exactly what that would mean.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that Biden will speak more on the issue on Tuesday, but has already stated his support for changing filibuster rules “if that is a change that needs to happen”.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki fielded a question about how Joe Biden never referred to Donald Trump by name in his forceful speech laying blame on his predecessor for the events of the 6 January attack of the US Capitol.
“There’s only one president in the history of this country that fomented an insurrection which prompted the seizing of our nation’s Capitol. I think everybody knew who he was referring to,” Psaki said.
“But as the president said today this day and the work we need to do moving forward is not about one person. It’s about the country reflecting on who we are in this moment, who we want to be moving forward, and what steps we need to take to protect our own democracy.”
When asked for comment on Trump’s response to the speech, Psaki responded, “Well, it looks like he saw the speech. I guess that’s good news. Maybe he learned something.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has taken the podium for today’s press briefing, and is immediately asked why now Joe Biden is going so hard at Donald Trump.
This briefing is taking place mere hours after Biden squarely blamed Trump and his debunked lies about election fraud for the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.
“The president launched his campaign on the idea that the former president posed a unique threat to our country,” Psaki said. “We’d argue that he never shied away from making clear that his predecessor posed a threat to democracy throughout the course of his presidency.”
Psaki continued: “We are at an inflection point, in order to protect our democracy, to preserve it going forward, there is more we need to do. He made very clear that the risk we have at stake here is our democracy, burying what happened on January 6 and not taking action to protect people’s fundamental rights.”
Joe Biden blames Donald Trump’s ‘web of lies’ for US Capitol attack – video
On the one-year anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, Joe Biden accused his predecessor, Donald Trump, of being the first president in US history to try to “prevent a peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol.”
Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney has had a tumultuous year in the Republican party following the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.
She was ousted from her leadership position in the Republican caucus over her refusal to stop blaming Donald Trump for inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol, and the Wyoming Republican party stopped recognizing her as a member after she voted to impeach him because of 6 January.
It appears it got tense with her party even earlier though – the day of the 6 January attack. Cheney has now confirmed to the New York Times one infamous tidbit from that day: when she told her Republican colleague and staunch Trump ally congressman Jim Jordan that he “fucking did this”.
Jordan had been standing in the aisle as members of Congress were being escorted away from the mob and he said to Cheney: “We need to get the ladies away from the aisle. Let me help you.”
Donald Trump has issued another statement in response to the speech that Joe Biden gave today commemorating the anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.
Once again, much of the statement is the former president repeating the disproven claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that “they’re the ones who tried to stop the peaceful transfer with a rigged election” – a statement that is not only false, because once again, all allegations that the election was rigged have been disproven, but makes no sense because had Trump won like he wanted to happen, there would not have been a transfer of power? He also does not specify who means by “they”.
“To watch Biden speaking is very hurtful to many people,” he said.
Nancy Pelosi commented on the large amount of Republicans that did not show up to remarks on the Capitol attacks of 6 January 2021.
While speaking to a reporter from Business Insider about the lack of Republican attendance at today’s remarks, the House speaker said: “I think the message was very clear, by the president of the United States.”
Wyoming representative Liz Cheney and her father, former vice-president Dick Cheney, were the only Republicans present for Pelosi’s speech compared with about 32 Democrats.
Pelosi acknowledged during her speech that Covid-19 greatly reduced the number of Congress members attending her remarks in-person.
The special House committee investigating the 6 January 2021 insurrection by extremist supporters of then-president Donald Trump are hoping to secure the cooperation of the former vice-president, Mike Pence, who certified Joe Biden’s election victory despite pressure from the White House and the violent mob that broke into the US Capitol.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney, deputy chair of the bipartisan panel, called Pence a hero for standing up to Donald Trump’s efforts to “overthrow the will of the people” that day and said that the committee is “looking forward” to working with him.
Leaked files appear to suggest the Conservative peer Michelle Mone and her husband, Douglas Barrowman, were secretly involved in a PPE business that was awarded more than £200m in government contracts after she referred it to the Cabinet Office.
Barrowman, an Isle of Man-based financier, may have played a central role in the business deal that enabled PPE Medpro to sell millions of masks and surgical gowns to the government at the start of the pandemic, documents suggest.
One person closely involved in PPE Medpro claimed Barrowman was “part of the financial consortium that backed” the company and was even involved in initial conversations with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Documents seen by the Guardian suggest he and Lady Mone were kept informed of specific commercial arrangements about PPE Medpro’s supplies. And Mone appears to have sent messages to an individual in PPE Medpro’s supply chain about the contract to supply gowns.