Five moments from the Capitol riot that I’ll never forget
Joe Biden has given a his much-trailed speech marking the anniversary of the deadly riot at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 – a searing address in which he condemned Donald Trump for watching TV during the insurrection as his supporters attacked Congress.
He also dismissed the idea that the insurrectionists were “patriots”, declaring that “you cannot love your country only when you win. You cannot obey the law only when it is convenient. You cannot be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies.
“Those who stormed this Capitol, and those who instigated and incited, and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America, at American democracy. They did not come here out of patriotism or principle. They came here in rage. Not in service of America, but rather, in service of one man.”
His speech comes as some Democrats are said to be quietly exploring how they could potentially ban Mr Trump from holding office again, following the deadly riot last year in which five people lost their lives.
Mr Trump has responded by releasing three statements continuing to air his grievances and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, while calling for the “MAGA nation” to “rise up” against the Biden administration over vaccine mandates.
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The Capitol riot as seen by The Independent’s Richard Hall
ICYMI: As a violent mob marched on the US Capitol, The Independent’s Richard Hall walked with them.
Watch the five moments he’ll never forget from 6 January 2021.
January 6, 2021, will go down as one of the darkest days in American history. Following a rally where former President Donald Trump denounced the election result, thousands marched on the US Capitol attacking police and threatening lawmakers.Amongst the chaos, the Independent’s US reporter Richard Hall walked with the crowd. A year on from the events of that day, we take a look back at the most dramatic moments as they unfolded around him. Sign up to our free newsletters by clicking here.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 03:59
‘I was scared’, recounts Raskin’s daughter
Tabitha Raskin, the daughter of Democratic representative Jamie Raskin, in an interview with CNN recounted being “scared” as she hid under the desk in representative Steny Hoyer’s office with her husband Hank Kronick after the riots broke out.
“As soon as we heard them close, we immediately looked for someplace to hide. It was really the only good hiding spot,” she said, “So the two of us, we hid under his desk. We were under there for a while. I remember there was a hole in the desk for cords, and I was scared. I just imagined people coming in and like seeing us through the hole and then I remember trying to cover the hole.”
Namita Singh7 January 2022 03:46
Republicans missing in action as Democrats emotionally commemorate Capitol riot anniversary
Democrats emotionally recounted the violence of the Capitol riot, while Republicans were mostly AWOL, Eric Garcia reports.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 03:34
Most Americans fear another attack on democracy, poll says
ICYMI: Around 57 per cent of Americans, including half of Republicans and seven out of 10 Democrats, believe there will be a repeat of the pro-Trump insurrection that occurred a year ago today.
According to poll by Axios-Momentive, 63 per cent of respondents also said that the attack changed the way that Americans thought about democratic government in the US.
It comes amid polling showing that as many as 81 per cent of Republican voters believed the 2020 election was not won fairly by Mr Biden and the Democrats – and a deepening divide on several other issues, as Graeme Massie writes.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 03:02
Capitol rioters have raised millions from crowdfunding sites
Over 100 alleged participants of the Capitol riot are crowdfunding in an attempt to pay their soaring legal fees, with around $3 million being raised by the group so far.
As Daily Dot reports, they collectively hope to raise $13 million in total, with donations for each of the accused individuals fluctuating massively – as some haven’t garnered any donations at all.
Tom Fenton has the story.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 02:34
‘Jan 6 is not behind us’: House lawmakers reflect on riot with Capitol Police officer’s family in attendance
House Democrats gathered for more than two hours to reflect on the chaos and aftermath of the attack on the halls of Congress, sharing their emotional experience inside the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 as a mob threatened to break into the chamber.
The parents of US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick – who died following two strokes the day after the assault – were also in attendance at the event at the Capitol on Thursday, as two dozen lawmakers recalled the shock of the assault and recommitted themselves against anti-democratic threats.
Alex Woodward has more.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 02:17
Widow of Capitol Police officer who died by suicide slams lack of support
The widow of a Capitol Police officer who died by suicide after the 6 January insurrection has blasted Washington’s bureaucracies for not doing more to honour her husband.
Officer Howard “Howie” Liebengood was on duty on 6 January, 2021, when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol. According to his grieving wife, Dr Serena McClam Liebengood, Mr Liebengood continued to work round-the-clock shifts on 7, 8, and 9 January with little sleep in between.
Nathan Place has the story.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 02:02
Riot supporters in short supply at candlelight vigil for Jan 6 arrestees
If you didn’t get the chance to attend the candlelight vigil for accused participants in the Capitol riot outside Washington DC’s jail, and are looking for an accurate depiction of the event, simply recall what the Justice for J6 group’s so-called “rally” outside of the Capitol last September looked like – sparsely attended.
The “Nationwide Justice for J6 Candlelight Vigil” was meant to honour the accused Capitol rioters holed up in jail cells, but supporters of former President Donald Trump found themselves once again vastly outnumbered by waiting press and members of law enforcement.
John Bowden has the details.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 01:45
Liz Cheney says Trump has ‘gone to war with the rule of law’
The Representative from Wyoming took aim at the one-term president when she appeared on Fox News on the one year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection.
“He continues to suggest that the violence on January 6 was justified, he syas that November 3 was the insurrection and that January 6 was a protest,” she told the right-wing news channel.
“What he is doing is continuing to undermine our electoral process. You know he has gone to war with the rule of law and I think that is really important for people to understand.”
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 01:34
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz portray Capitol riot as distraction to overturning 2020 election
Two far-right members of the House of Representatives held a press conference on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the 6 January insurrection, defending President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election and blaming rioters from distracting the GOP from achieving that goal.
As much of the media was focused on events being held within the Capitol building itself, Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, two of the most ardent supporters of 2020 election conspiracies on Capitol Hill, claimed that there were legitimate reasons to suspect fraud in the 2020 election while throwing the president’s own supporters who stormed Congress under the bus.
John Bowden has more.
Graeme Massie7 January 2022 01:15
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