Mitch McConnell says the U.S. Capitol was ‘stormed by criminals’ on Jan. 6, 2021
A year after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Joe Biden gave a speech denouncing former President Donald Trump for the “web of lies” he immortalized around the 2020 election.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle commented on the first anniversary of the Capitol uprising, including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who called the event “a dark day for Congress and our country.” McConnell also called the insurgents “criminals”.
On Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz described the January 6 uprising as “a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol.” Cruz, a Republican, was one of the GOP leaders who spoke out against confirming the 2020 election.
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House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi shared a video with officers trying to protect the Capitol and praised their courage.
Former President Barack Obama also described January 6 as a “violent attack”.
Former Republican presidential candidate and current Senator Mitt Romney said Americans “ignore the lessons of January 6 at your own risk.”
Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate in Georgia’s upcoming gubernatorial election, said democracy was in jeopardy on January 6, 2020.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham accused Biden of politicizing the January 6 attack.
Karl Rove, the deputy chief of staff during the administration of George W. Bush, called on members of his party to condemn the attack.
“To get past January 6, 2021, we must put the country before the party,” Rove wrote in an Op-Ed published in the Wall Street Journal.
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Rove continued, “There can be no letting off of events or absolution for those who planned, encouraged and supported the attempt to overthrow our democracy.”