Democrats from across the country shared their thoughts on the Capitol riot that took place on January 6th, 2021. From President Joe Biden (D) to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, lawmakers reflected on the lasting, negative effect the riot had on the country while also addressing how the country must move forward.
The President issued a speech from the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall on Thursday, but his team also directed a message to supporters, saying that President Donald Trump (R) “created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”
For the President, January 6th marks a day when “the will of the people was under assault, and our constitution faced the gravest of threats.”
The world watched in shock as people rushed the Capitol, breaking in and flooding the national landmark.
In response, President Biden argued that “the former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election,” citing 3 lies in particular.
“The first lie is that the real political insurrection occurred on November 3, the second lie is that the results of the election of 2020 cannot be trusted, and the third lie is that the people in the mob that attacked the Capitol one year ago today are the nation’s true patriots,” the President said.
Mayor Levine Cava also shared thoughts on the one-year anniversary of the riot, taking to social media and expressing that “there are some moments you live through when you can feel the weight of history being written.”
“January 6th, 2021 was one of those times, as we remember too well the fear and shock we felt watching our United States Capitol under siege,” she added.
January 6 is a stark reminder of the role we all play in upholding our democracy—rooted in the principle of free, fair elections. Today we honor the courage of the law enforcement officers who protected our capitol under siege & recommit to strengthening democracy.
My statement: pic.twitter.com/KHwKooZt90
— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) January 6, 2022
In reflecting on what the day means for the political landscape, the riot for Levine Cava is “a stark reminder of the role that we all play in upholding and safeguarding our democracy, rooted in the sacred principle of free and fair elections.”