Biden Leads Commemorations of Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

Thursday - 06/01/2022 07:00
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans series of testimonials from lawmakers, candlelight vigil
For the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Homeland Security said the department is operating ‘at a heightened level of vigilance.’ PHOTO: TOM BRENNER/REUTERS
For the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Homeland Security said the department is operating ‘at a heightened level of vigilance.’ PHOTO: TOM BRENNER/REUTERS

WASHINGTON—President Biden and congressional Democrats intend to mark the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot with a somber day of remembrances at the Capitol, a year after supporters of then-President Donald Trump tried to block the certification of the election.

Mr. Biden intends to use his speech Thursday morning to note the historical significance of the anniversary, honor members of law enforcement who protected the Capitol and discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s democracy and institutions, said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. She said Mr. Biden will also address what she called the “singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw,” citing his false claims of election fraud and actions the day of the attack.

According to excerpts of his prepared remarks released by the White House, Mr. Biden will say the moment calls for Americans to “decide what kind of nation we are going to be. Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people?”

“We cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation,” Mr. Biden will say in his speech.

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