President Biden issued a statement Tuesday recognizing the six-month mark of the insurrection as he sought national unity to restore decency, honor and respect for the rule of law.
“Together, let us demonstrate to ourselves, and to the world, the enduring strength and limitless ability and goodness of who we are as Americans,” said Biden.
“Not even during the Civil War did the insurgents violate our Capitol, the citadel of our democracy. But today, six months ago, the insurgents did so. They launched a violent and deadly assault on the people’s house, the people’s representatives and the police. of the Capitol. He swore to protect them, since our duly elected Congress carried out the sacred ritual of our republic and certified the vote of the Electoral College, “he said.
In an unprecedented assault on democracy in the United States, thousands of angry supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol on January 6 and clashed with police, causing casualties and disrupting a constitutional process to affirm the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.
Police, outnumbered by unmasked protesters, had difficulty handling the mob as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol building, where members of Congress were going through the process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes.
Both the House and Senate as well as the entire Capitol were blocked. Former Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to safe locations.
“This was not dissent. It was disorder. It posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive, a sad reminder that there is nothing guaranteed about our democracy,” Biden said.
“But while it shocked and saddened the nation and the world, six months later, we can unequivocally say that democracy prevailed and that we must all continue the work to protect and preserve it,” he said.
Biden said that protecting democracy requires people of good will and courage to stand up to the hatred, lies and extremism that led to this “cruel attack.”
He said it includes determining what happened so that “we can remember it and not bury it hoping we forget it.”
“It requires all of us to work together – Democrats, Republicans, and independents – in the name of the common good to restore decency, honor, and respect for the rule of law. And it prompts our government, both the executive and legislative branches, to take the urgent measures necessary to protect the fundamental right to vote, “he said.
“It also requires that we all remember how much better we are as a nation, and that we are much better than what we saw on January 6. We are the United States of America, and in recent months we have demonstrated what we can do when we come together: win a deadly virus, get our economy working again and show that democracy can benefit the people, “Biden said.
The attack was possibly for the first time in recent history that such a large number of people entered the Capitol and disrupted constitutional provisions. Congress had certified only 12 votes before the riots broke out. All 12 votes went to President Trump. There are 538 electoral votes in total.
Trump, who lost the electoral and popular college vote, continued to question the results. He alleged that there was massive voter fraud and electoral negligence. However, election officials denied the allegations.