President Biden issued an announcement on Tuesday recognizing the six-month mark of the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol, declaring that even after the deadliest assault on Congress in centuries, the tenets of democratic society remained safe.
“Not even during the Civil War did insurrectionists breach our Capitol, the citadel of our democracy,” Mr. Biden said in his statement. “But six months ago today, insurrectionists did.”
The president stated the riot had “posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive.”
“While it shocked and saddened the nation and the world, six months later, we can say unequivocally that democracy did prevail — and that we must all continue the work to protect and preserve it,” he stated.
In addition to condemning the actions of the rioters, Mr. Biden honored the members of the United States Capitol Police who died throughout or after the assault.
“On this day, Jill and I send our condolences again to the families of the U.S. Capitol Police officers who lost their lives or suffered severely in defense of our democracy,” he stated.
The president’s assertion got here on the heels of efforts by Democrats in Congress to research what led to the riot and by the Capitol Police to extend safety.
Voting almost alongside get together traces, the House moved final week to create a 13-member choose committee to look at “the facts, circumstances and causes relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack.”
On Tuesday, the Capitol Police introduced that they might start opening discipline workplaces exterior Washington to assist monitor threats towards lawmakers.
On social media on Tuesday, individuals who had been trapped contained in the Capitol constructing as rioters broke by means of the doorways on Jan. 6, together with some journalists and members of Congress, shared pictures and recollections of their experiences.
“On January 6th, I didn’t know if I’d make it out of the Capitol alive,” Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, stated on Twitter.
While Mr. Biden’s assertion was a forceful rebuke of the rioters and political extremism basically, he additionally urged Americans to put aside political variations.
“We are the United States of America,” he stated, “and over the last few months we have shown what we can do when we come together — beat a deadly virus, get our economy going again, and prove that democracy can deliver for the people.”