To mark the second anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, which is widely considered one of the darkest days in America’s history, President Joe Biden paid tribute to the heroism displayed that day while also warning that the same agents that fuelled the Capitol attack are still lurking.
Biden praised the work being done in the nation to allow for healing while condemning the attack on the nation’s Capitol building. He further called the rioters “sick insurrectionists” who wanted to create panic and chaos in the name of former President Donald Trump.
He added that the Capitol attack was “fueled by lies about the 2020 election.” However, despite this two days ago “We the people” as the U.S. Constitution refers to the public “did not flinch.”
As part of the commemorative event, Biden also honored 14 Americans who were instrumental to American democracy survival. Biden awarded the medals to both members of law enforcement and the Capitol police for their work in helping combat the rioters.
To this day footage of the Capitol riot showcasing mobs of rioters pushing through police barricades, breaking into the Capitol building, destroying the space, and sitting on seats of power is not only disturbing but also showcases images that we are used to associating with authoritarian regimes abroad.
Biden noted that “Our democracy was attacked. The U.S. Capitol was breached, which had never happened before in our nation’s history, even in the Civil War.”
The event greatly focused on all of those who had made sacrifices that day, making it all the more emotional.