Five moments from the Capitol riot that I’ll never forget
Donald Trump hesitated and initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” when his supporters breached the Capitol building and attacked police officers on 6 January last year, it is claimed.
A former aide of the president, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN that Mr Trump was “very reluctant to put out anything when it [the Capitol riot] was unfolding.”
The aide used to work in the White House’s West Wing, the broadcaster said, and was reportedly close to the messaging that was being put out during the riot.
Meahile, Joe Biden gave 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” as he urged Americans to protect democracy.
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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‘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.
You can read my colleague Alex Woodward’s here.
Matt Mathers7 January 2022 10:03
Biden urges Americans to protect democracy
President Joe Biden used the first anniversary of the 6 January assault on the USCapitol on Thursday to urge Americans to protect the country’s fragile democracy by standing up for the right to vote.
Speaking 10 months before the November midterm elections that could give control of one or both houses of Congress to Republicans, Biden, a Democrat, warned that the danger on display a year ago had not gone away.
“The lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated. So we have to be firm, resolute and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and to have that vote counted,” Biden said from the U.S. Capitol, where a mob of Trump’s supporters attempted to overturn the 2020 election results.
“So now let’s step up, write the next chapter in American history, where 6 January marks not the end of democracy but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play,” Biden said.
In remarks delivered before Biden spoke, Vice President Kamala Harris also cast a spotlight on Trump supporters’ efforts to subvert democracy, calling on Congress to pass voting rights legislation and on Americans to participate.
“We cannot let our future be decided by those bent on silencing our voices, overturning our votes and peddling lies and misinformation by some radical faction that may be newly resurgent but whose roots run old,” Harris said.
“The fragility of democracy is this: that if we are not vigilant, if we do not defend it, democracy simply will not stand; it will falter and fail.”
Matt Mathers7 January 2022 09:29
Trump did not want to tweet ‘stay peaceful’ during 6 January riot, key former aide says
Donald Trump hesitated and initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” when his supporters breached the Capitol building and attacked police officers on 6 January last year, said a former aide.
You can read my colleague Shweta Sharma’s full report here
Matt Mathers7 January 2022 09:20
Kamala Harris ‘was inside DNC HQ when pipe bomb found’
Vice president Kamala Harris was reportedly inside the building on 6 January 2021 when a pipe bomb was discovered outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) headquarters, after rioters struck the US’s Capitol Hill.
Capitol Police and Secret Service had evacuated a previously unnamed “protectee” at 1.14pm, just minutes after police started investigating the presence of a pipe bomb outside the DNC headquarters at 1.07pm, according to an official Capitol Police timeline of events.
Sravasti Dasgupta reports:
Adam Withnall7 January 2022 06:38
Media’s divergence in coverage of one year of Capitol insurrection
At one point on Thursday while representative Adam Kinzinger was recounting the US Capitol insurrection on CNN, and on MSNBC there was a report on the Justice Department’s probe into the riot, the Fox News Channel aired a video of a painting dog to illustrate a discussion about people maxing out on screen time, reports the Associated Press.
This snapshot of the day’s TV on 6 January highlights a divergence in the coverage of the first anniversary of the riot that was clear from Thursday’s earliest hours.
Between 6.20am and 9am, the Fox and Friends show mentioned the anniversary only twice.
While all the main broadcast and cable news networks, including Fox News, covered president Joe Biden’s anniversary speech live, differences in their coverage were stark. ABC anchor David Muir said: “You could clearly hear the passion in his voice as he was telling the American people what’s at stake.” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie said the attack on Trump was “pretty remarkable”.
Fox News’ commentary, on the other hand, referred to the speech as divisive and a missed opportunity. “We’ve got a lot of challenges that we’re dealing with,” said anchor Dana Perino. “You could have talked about the strength of our system.”
Newsmax’s Tom Basile said that the president believes that a country is defined by its worst moments. He said Mr Biden sees everyone involved in the attack as extremists and terrorists, “and I think the American people are going to chafe at that”.
Namita Singh7 January 2022 05:57
‘We were told to pull out our gas masks,’ recalls Jayapal
Representative Pramila Jayapal said she “vividly” remembers when the rioters stormed through the US Capitol on 6 January, last year.
“I remember it incredibly vividly, I remember every detail,” said Ms Jayapal. “We were told to pull out our gas masks, which many of us had never seen, never knew how to use, and then we were told to get down onto the floor.”
Demanding accountability, the lawmaker said: “We need to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and who was involved and bring every single one, including those at the very top, to justice. It’s going to be very hard for us to assure that this is never going to happen again. And to allow the country to heal.”
Namita Singh7 January 2022 05:00
Democrats warn against perpetuation of Big Lie
Several Democrats have warned against the ongoing threat to democracy of Donald Trump’s election fraud claims, as they marked the one-year anniversary of the 6 January riots.
“We’re at a point now where the Big Lie is perpetuating itself,” said Senator Bob Casey in the Senate, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.
“On January 6, 2021, we thwarted the attack on the Capitol. On January 6, 2022, the attack on our democracy continues,” said representative Tom Malinowski.
Representative Mary Gay Scanlon criticised Republicans for raising doubts about the election results, adding that those who “sit silently or make cowardly statements about not being sure about the election result,” are just as “guilty”.
Namita Singh7 January 2022 04:32
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