One year after the assault on the Capitol, January 6 becomes a day of contrasts

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Like from night to day. January 6, 2022 was a far cry from what happened a year ago, when a mob of protesters in favor of then-President Donald Trump, he violently stormed the Capitol.

The US legislative headquarters remained heavily guarded this Thursday while the current president, Democrat Joe Biden, accused his Republican predecessor of posing a threat to democracy.

“He’s just not a former president; he’s a defeated former president,” Biden said, referring to a Trump whom he accused of undermining faith in the American democratic process because of “his wounded pride.”

On January 6, 2021, dozens of protesters violently entered the Capitol in Washington DC, at the time when legislators certified the victory in the Electoral College of Biden, who also won the victory in the popular vote, by a margin of more than 7 million ballots. Trump comes claiming -without evidence- from the very night of the elections, when the elections were stolen.

A year later, Trump charged the president-elect again.

“Biden, who is destroying our nation with insane open border policies, corrupt elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates and devastating school closings, used my name today to try to further divide America. This political theater is just one. distraction to the fact that Biden has totally and completely failed, “he noted.

Opposing views in the Legislative

“The attack did not come out of nowhere. It was an attempt to reverse our choice. Violent insurrection. Call it what it is! It was spurred on by Trump’s Big Lie, ”Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said at the tribute to the victims of the robbery that took place Thursday on Capitol Hill, and in which a large number of Democratic legislators participated. , a good part of the employees of the Legislative headquarters and only a handful of Republicans.

The Republican opposition has been accusing the Democrats for days of wanting to “politicize” the act of homage in Congress, so it is not surprising that few made an appearance. Among the most prominent, Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney, one of the voices most critical of Trump, and her father, Dick Cheney, former US vice president during the term of George W. Bush.

Speaking to the media, Liz Cheney regretted this Thursday, from inside Congress, that many of her party colleagues “are looking the other way” instead of standing before Trump’s claims of unsubstantiated electoral fraud.

In contrast, the Republican leader in the Upper House, Senator Micht McConnell, said: “As I said yesterday, it has been amazing to see some Washington Democrats try to exploit this anniversary to advance partisan political goals that preceded this event. It is especially amazing. to hear some Senate Democrats invoke the mafia’s attempt to disrupt the norms, rules and institutions of our country as justification for discarding our own norms, rules and institutions. “

A portrait of Ashli ​​Babbitt, who was shot and killed during the attack, can be seen on the fence of the US Capitol.

While the Republican senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, criticized: “I have always condemned the attack and have urged that those involved be prosecuted to the full extent of the law”, although he criticized the interventions of Biden and the vice president Kamala Harris on the occasion of the anniversary.

Asked Thursday afternoon about Biden’s intentions to bring a criminal case against Trump, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was adamant about the judicial independence that the current Administration defends.

“The president wants the Department of Justice and the attorney general [Merrick Garland] act independently, as the attorney general demanded when he took office and as the president expected and required of whatever attorney general he was to select.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said: “As we reflect on that darkest day, we remember that the insurrection sought not only to attack the building, but to undermine democracy itself.”

A Trump supporter was killed in the attack on the Capitol, while four other agents were also killed that day. Another dozen of them were injured after the fight.

Already at nightfall, on the occasion of a humble vigil, the light of candles on the steps of the Capitol evoked those flares that last year at times hid the facade of the US Congress.

[Con la colaboración de Carolina Valladares, desde Washington DC e información de Reuters]

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