President Biden Honors Jan. 6 Democracy Defenders
He says, ‘... history will remember your names’
Today, President Joe Biden commemorated two years since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol – a day he’s called “one of the darkest periods of our nation’s history” – seeking to elevate the law enforcement and election officials who held firm against the most serious effort to prevent the peaceful transfer of power in American history.
In a week defined by dramatic contrasts between a White House at work and a House Republican majority in chaos, Friday’s event at the White House served as an almost visceral coda. It gave Biden the opportunity to highlight the extremist risk to the nation and its politics that he sees as still very real – even as signs that the fever driven by his predecessor has started to break in concrete ways. That risk, in the view of some White House officials, will serve as a literal, if unintentional, split screen to Biden’s remarks.
At Friday’s White House event acknowledging the solemn anniversary, Biden said “our democracy was attacked” and and that the insurrection was all “fueled by lies about the 2020 election.”
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