WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden forcefully blamed Donald Trump and his supporters Thursday for holding a “dagger at the throat of democracy” with election lies that sparked last year's deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, using the anniversary of the attack to warn that America's system of government remains under urgent threat.

The president set the tone on a day of remembrance that brought fiery speeches, moments of silence and anguished accounts from lawmakers recalling the terrifying hours of Jan. 6, 2021, when the Trump mob laid siege to the Capitol and rioters tried to stop the routine, ceremonial certification of election results.

Notably, almost no Republicans joined Biden and the Democrats in what some hoped would be a day of reconciliation. Instead, it was a fresh and jarring display of a nation still deeply torn by the lies that led to the riot, by its unsettled aftermath and Trump's persisting grip on a large swath of the country.

“For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden said. “You can’t love your country only when you win.”

Biden’s criticism of the defeated president was rife with condemnation for the assault that has fundamentally changed Congress and the nation, and has raised global concerns about the future of American democracy.

His voice booming at times, reverberating in the ornate Statuary Hall where rioters had laid siege, the president called on Americans to remember what they saw Jan. 6 with their own eyes: the mob attacking police and breaking windows, a Confederate flag inside the Capitol, gallows erected outside amid calls to hang the vice president — all while Trump sat at the White House watching on TV.

“The former president’s supporters are trying to rewrite history," Biden said, incredulous. "They want you to see Election Day as the day of insurrection and the riot that took place here on January 6 as a true expression of the will of the people. Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America? I cannot.”

Until the anniversary, Biden had mentioned the attack only sparingly but he aggressively weighed in Thursday and coupled his message with a call for voting rights legislation that Democrats have long been urging.

The president’s remarks drew a stark contrast with the false narratives that persist about the Capitol assault, including the continued refusal by many Republicans to affirm that Biden won the 2020 election. Five people died in the Capitol siege and its immediate aftermath.

“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie,” Biden said. “The former president of the United States of America has spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”

Yet even as the president spoke, the vanquished Trump gave no signs of letting go, a show of the division in the country emphasized by the silence and absence of most Republicans to join Biden at the Capitol.

From Florida, Trump revived his unfounded attack on the elections. He accepted no responsibility for sending the thousands of supporters to the Capitol that day when he told them to “fight like hell." By Thursday evening, he was sending out a fundraising appeal.

Even among congressional Republicans who condemned the attack in the days afterward, few spoke that way now — some joining in Trump's false portrayals.

“What brazen politicization of January 6 by President Biden,” tweeted Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a sometimes Trump confidant who had initially said he had abandoned Trump after the riot only to quickly embrace him again.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell — who at the time said Trump was “practically and morally” responsible the attack — issued a statement that highlighted the gravity of that day, but also said some Democrats were trying to exploit it for other purposes. He was absent, with a contingent attending the funeral of former colleague Sen. Johnny Isakson in Georgia.

Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the House committee investigating the attack and one of the few GOP lawmakers attending the Capitol ceremonies, warned that “the threat continues.” Trump, she said, "continues to make the same claims that he knows caused violence on January 6.”

“Unfortunately, too many in my own party are embracing the former president, are looking the other way or minimizing the danger,” she told NBC's “Today” show. “That’s how democracies die. We simply cannot let that happen.”

She was joined by her father Dick Cheney, the former vice president and now a Republican Party elder. They were the only members of the GOP seen for a moment of silence on the House floor.



Dick Cheney was greeted by several Democrats and said in a statement: “I am deeply disappointed at the failure of many members of my party to recognize the grave nature of the January 6 attacks and the ongoing threat to our nation.”

Throughout Thursday, lawmakers shared their experiences of being trapped in the House or rushed away from the Senate, as the siege raged for hours. Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan showed a shard of glass from one of the Capitol's broken windows he carries in his pocket.

“January 6 is not over,” he said, choking up. “The threat, and the lie that fuels that threat, continues to rear its head.” He said: To truly protect our democracy we need truth.”

The House panel investigating the insurrection plans to spend the coming months exploring and revealing what happened with public hearings.

Biden and his administration have come under criticism from some in his party for not adequately explaining how they believe democracy is at risk, or pushing Congress hard enough to pass election and voting rights legislation that is stalled by a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

Barack Obama, the former president, said “nothing is more important” on the anniversary than ensuring the right to vote.

“Our democracy is at greater risk today than it was back then,” Obama said in a statement.

Biden's address, and that of Vice President Kamala Harris who is leading the administration's efforts on the voting and elections legislation, appeared as a direct response to critics.

“We must pass voting rights bills,” Harris said in her address. “We cannot sit on the sidelines."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew on history with a hope that Americans would turn to their “better angels” to resolve differences. Lawmakers held an evening vigil on the Capitol steps.

Other remembrances — or demonstrations — were few around the country.

Biden’s sharp message and the Republicans’ distance from it come as lawmakers are adjusting to the new normal on Capitol Hill — the growing tensions that many worry will result in more violence or, someday, a legitimate election actually being overturned.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that 3 in 10 Republicans say the attack was not violent. Around two-thirds of Americans described the day as very or extremely violent, including about 9 in 10 Democrats.

The percentage of Americans who blame Trump for the riot has grown slightly over the past year, with 57% saying he bears significant responsibility, up from 50% in the days after the attack.

Trump's claims of widespread election fraud were rejected by the courts and refuted by his own Justice Department.

An investigation by the AP found fewer than 475 cases of voter fraud among 25.5 million ballots cast in the six battleground states disputed by Trump, a minuscule number in percentage terms.

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Associated Press writers Darlene Superville, Kevin Freking, Jill Colvin Alexandra Jaffe and Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report.

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Mike Johnson

Dr. Jonathan Turley said this today: "Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a telling statement to her fellow members and the public at large. Pelosi declared “It is essential that we preserve the narrative of January 6th.” Part of that narrative is that this was not a riot but an “insurrection,” an actual “rebellion” against our country. Pelosi’s concern over the viability of that narrative is well-based as shown by a recent CBS News poll. The majority of the public does not believe that this was an “insurrection” despite the mantra-like repetition of members of Congress and the media. The public saw that terrible day unfold a year ago and saw it for what it was: a protest that became a riot. Not surprisingly, the poll received little comparative coverage on a day when reporters and commentators spoke of “the insurrection” as an undeniable fact. Yet, when CBS asked Americans, they received an answer that likely did not please many. Indeed, CBS did not highlight the answer to the question of whether the day was really a “protest that went too far.” The answer was overwhelming and nonpartisan. Some 76% believe that this was a protest that went too far."

William Walker

Just wondering, Mr. Johnson, how you interpret the two efforts to reverse the election: one, at Trump's urging the insurrectionissts went to the Capitol to put pressure on Pence to halt or overturn the fait accompli of Biden's electoral vistory. That is more than a mere protest gone wrong. A mere pretest would not have desecrated the Capital while calling for Pence to be hanged. Two, we now know that behind the scenes that Trump's legal team and advisers were concocting a legally flawed rationale for Pence to reverse election results, which he refused to do. These dual efforfs amount to nothing less than an attempt to stop the Constitutional workings of the electoral process. They were attempted coups, no more, no less.

It is not surprising that polling does not reflect this reality. We sadly live in a time without shared facts derived from mutual percpetion. Even Ted Cruz referred to the "terrorists" of January 6 the other day, before humbling himself before Tucker Carlson. Terrorists neither protest, nor riot. They seek to destroy, as did the insurrectionists of 1/6/21. The republic was attacked on that day; our form of government is still at risk from those same forces.

Mike Johnson

Mr. Walker, you mention "desecration", and "destroy", but you do know a total of $1.5 million was the damage done, hardly significant by this unorganized and incompetent and yes unarmed (no firearms used or carried in the Capital except by police to murder one protestor) group of hillbillies sight seeing and taking pictures and selfies and sticking their collective fingers in the eyes of the left wing politicians.. Oh, maybe the people who peed on Pelosi's chair, or defecated in other left wing politicians offices count as "desecrating" the Capital and our democracy??? Seriously? And as for mobs chanting, you have heard the chants about Biden at many venues this year ("Let's Go Brandon" translations), do you think these people literally mean what they are saying they want to do to Joe? Sorry, that is just typical mob behavior and means nothing, and that phony scaffold could't hang a small dog. All symbolism and bluster, not serious, people need to be able to tell the difference. No doubt there were a few seriously dangerous folks there, but even they did not act, organize, or arm themselves as serious insurrectionists.

William Walker

"Hang Mike Pence" is specific, far more than the indecorous "Let's Go Brandon," which is the epitome of puerile humor (which I could have come up with in the 6th grade) but dangerous in our divided country.

Question: Do you think the folks at the Capitol, not all hillbillies despite your asserions to the contrary, were there hoping to get Pence to act so that Trump would win the election? The only credible answer is in the affirmative.

That is what Trump sent them to do in his earlier remarks at the White House when he denounced Pence's cowardice. They acted in his stead, on his behalf. Acting to overturn Constitutional order in a violent fashion is nothing less than an attempted coup, however silly it appears in retrospect. (The families of the wounded and dead police probably still don't see the humor in that day.) A stupid coup attempt is still a coup attempt.

The actions of the insurrectionists were not symbolic in the most important sense. They were a direct threat to our form of government. And that is precisely what the defeated Trump, who has no fealty to our political way of life unless it serves his interests, wanted.

Mike Johnson

Mr. Walker, I must once again remind you that no police officers died as a result of what protestors did to them that day. From Newsweek summary yesterday: "The medical examiner for Washington, D.C. said Sicknick, who suffered two strokes, died of natural causes. Liebengood was among the four police officers who died by suicide following the insurrection after 2-7 months". Now, as for what was the mob trying to accomplish, I have no idea, I'm sure each had their own goals, but all were united in the false belief that Trump was cheated. When I marched against the war in Vietnam, I also believed it was wrong and wanted it to end, but like all protests, they do not always accomplish any action, as this one didn't. That is why this protest, like all the ones during the summer to defund police, bring "economic justice" and "racial justice" to America, and nothing like that was accomplished. Like this protest, it is all about raging, screaming, chanting, and stomping your feet because you are mad, it was not a serious threat to anyone and certainly not to American democracy. Some have told me I lack imagination as to what could happen, I counter that people like you and all the partisan conspiracy theorists are suffering from excessive imagination......[lol]

Mike Johnson

Oh, sorry, the facts about the damage:https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/capitol-riot-defendants-pay-damages-restitution/2021/06/03/74691812-c3ec-11eb-93f5-ee9558eecf4b_story.html

William Walker

So far as I can tell from your posts, what Trump wanted and what his acolytes did has no connection as you see it. Perhaps you are sincere in ignoring context. I cannot agree that such is a valid position. You, and I, would not have opposed the war in Indochina had we not thought that our nation was there as a result of a series of errors, that is, context.

I will end by noting that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck . . . it was an attempted coup. So far as I can tell, context matters. Without context, there is no history, only discreet events. And we learn nothing from them; they have no larger meaning. See you on another issue, I suspect.

Mike Johnson

Let me clarify to end this Mr. Walker. I never said what Trump wanted and what his mob did had no connection. Of course they did, just as any other protest, what the chief organizers wanted and what we did was closely connected. But the fact is that his mob accomplished ZERO. If he was relying on them to overthrown the US government, and reverse the election result he was (and of course still is) delusional and insane. These people had no competence, equipment, organization, or capability to provide him what he wanted, most of them really didn't know what in the world they were doing there except expressing outrage and demonstrating their displeasure, like all protests. That is the context, and those are the facts.

Joseph Tafoya

The majority of Americans are tuning out politics and the corrupt media. They are tired of divisiveness and mandates, but the pain they are starting to feel from inflation and COVID are real to them because it affects them and their families. The price of fuel, food, clothing, etc. is beginning to drag down the middle class and this they will remember. The people who have caught the COVID virus under Biden's administration have surpassed the level under Trump's administration. Biden has gone so far as to state “ this is not a Federal problem, but a States problem. Everything the Biden administration has done has been a total failure and it shows in his approval ratings. The bottom line to the Democrats and the corrupt media January 6 was their day to diminish Trump and his supporters, but no one was listening. They were more concerned in dealing with the tsunami of inflation that Biden and his administrator created.

William Walker

Mr. Tafoya, Do you think what occurred on January 6 was legitimate under our legal and Constitutional system? Why can't we simultaneously address the threat to our political way of life and the various problems that every administration faces? Your post suggest that doing so is beyond out ability as a nation. If so, what a shame. If so, it suggests that our political order is ill and that not enough of our fellow citizens care about that problem. If we cannot do better, what was created in generations ago no longer exists. We are not the better for it.

Joseph Tafoya

Mr. Walker, contrary to what the media and the progressive liberal democrats are promoting. Trump, the majority of supporters, and I believe that what took place on January 6, 2021, was an illegal act and should be treated as such. We also believe the riots and the destruction of communities by the followers of the BLM and Antifa movements to be just as bad if not worst. Yet the media and many Democrats were referring to them as a peaceful protest. You had Vice President Harris publicly calling out for people to donate money to a go-fund-like program to bail these people out. But I digress, the middle class the poor will care less about any of this because it does not affect them directly. What will affect them is Biden's train wreck of inflation, the economy, and COVID. I believe the Democrats are well aware of what's coming in the mid-terms and they are in a desperate situation, and they are out to demonize Trump and his supporters at all costs. That is all they have in their arsenal.

David Romero

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Russell Scanlon

Mike is not just drinking the kool aid—he IS the kool aid.

David Romero

The dems, especially Biden are using the Capital riot as a distraction to their own abysmal failures as leaders. Sleepy Joe can't talk about his accomplishments because he doesn't have any. He has produced record crime, run away inflation, open borders, and the Afghanistan debacle. Oh and lets not forget, his incompetent and late attempt to provide covid testing .

William Walker

Whatever Biden may or may not do well as president is a fair question. Mr. Romero's allegations remain baseless because he has provided no data to support them. In the main they are mostly wrong and, as presented, specious. As written, his post does not contribute to an informed discussion, and that's unfortunate.

For example, let's talk about open borders. Why shouldn't they be more open? There are thousands of low-paying jobs in agriculture and health care that citizens evidently will not do. Why not have a program encouraging immigration and training for these types of jobs? To decry "open borders" suggests an unwillingness to look at a real need to maintain and boost our economy.

David Romero

All you have to do is a little research to find that my data is correct. The problem is that letting people flood across the border is both dangerous and irresponsible. Without a viable vetting process we are letting criminals and gangsters flood in to our country to wreak more havoc. Lord knows we have enough of that already. We don't have the resources or funds available to handle large numbers of immigrants. ALL of them require public assistance and some of them never get off. I don't think that is very popular with the American people. Anyone with an unbiased mind can see Biden in an incompetent, delusional, clueless, puppet who is being manipulated by his radical left puppet masters .

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William Walker

Still waiting for teh data . . . Separated families would disagree with you on the "flood across the border."

Richard Reinders

William its on you to prove him wrong.

Russell Scanlon

How’s that wall going Mr. Romero? You know—the one that Mexico was gonna pay for?

Richard Reinders

William, Mr. Romero is spot on, the reason we don't leave the borders wide open is so terrorist don't pull another 9-11, and more fentanyl doesn't kill another 100 thousand people this year like last year. I am the product of immigration but legal immigration, I am first generation in this country and believe like every country in the world that you have to vet who comes and goes.

William Walker

Richard, if I may, yours is a splendid story. Kudos to you and your family. Concerning illegal drugs, let me say that our drug scourge is a consumption problem even more than a production problem. As for immigration, in another post I suggested vetting those who want to come here. In November, 4.5 million American citizens quit their (often) low-paying jobs. Those folks were doing work that is essential in order to have a functioning society. Since Bush II efforts to deal with an immigration crisis (yea) have been derailed, more often than not by a GOP that has used it as a culture-war issue. Result: Service industry hasn't enough workers, commercial farming can't harvest crops, nursing homes can't adequately care for the ill and elderly. Merely denouncing Biden does not address a grave societtal need. Be well.

Joseph Tafoya

Unless you have completely tuned out real NEWS, then you probably missed all of Biden's follies otherwise you would not be asking for data. Furthermore, without borders and border control, you have no country. You would have no Constitution, you have no rights. If you want proof of what chaos that would bring look at blue states like California, Illinois, Oregon, and New York. People are leaving these blue states in record numbers and heading to red states. It will be only a matter of time before they start to corrupt those states with their progressive liberal ideology.

Sabine Strohem

Raise your hand if you stopped reading @David Romero at "sleepy Joe". That says all I need to know.

Steve Martinez

He put his banjo down long enough to bash Trump.

LeRoy Sanchez

#45 is the basher, not a president Biden. #45 LOST! He’s history! Get over it!

Emily Koyama

Interesting how the monitors are ignoring personal attacks here....thought that was against the rules. Oh well.

William Walker

Pence et al. were spared because the insurrectionists did not find them. If I am speculating, as you suggest in a comment below, please tell us the purpose of the gallows on Capitol grounds.

Emily Koyama

Imagery....a prop. DUH.

William Walker

That is quite an assessment. Evidence? A retraction is in order if you have none. You are frequently an impassioned contributor here. This post is unworthy of you.

Emily Koyama

Various props and an effigy on occasion (such as a burning President Bush) are common in protests. Sorry, no retraction. You need to take it down a notch. Yes, the rioters that attacked Police and entered the Capitol were idiots, violent trespassers, souvenir hunters, instagrammers looking for that pic of Nancy's desk, etc, but there is no evidence that any of them seriously planned to kill anyone. If that was the case, after tens of millions spent on the investigation, why no charges to that effect?

You should be posting the retraction.

LeRoy Sanchez

Are you okay? #45 encouraged an insurrection on our beloved U.S. Capitol on 1.6.21!

William Walker

That is absurd. Well wishers were not crying, "Hang Mike Pence." They were there at the behest of Trump to stop the certification of the election in any way possible. What the doubters on this thread won't discuss is why this "protest" was as violent as it was without provocation. By the by, telling someone to "take it down a notch" indicates you have no facts on your side and only want to obfuscate what occurred. Thugs from the top down tried to vandalize not only the Capitol but also the electoral process. Even Trump's family members begged him to get the insurrectionists to stop. Thank goodness there are those of us who do not loathe or dismiss our governing principles. The traitors shall not prevail.

LeRoy Sanchez

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Richard Reinders

That’s because this paper is helping Biden use this diversion to keep everyone from looking at the real problems that actually mean something to the average person. Those issues would be Covid, Inflation, supply chain issues, educators abandoning our children, the open out of control southern border and the Americans and allies abandoned in Afghanistan and that’s in Biden/Harris first year. Can’t wait for the next three years.

William Walker

The issues you raise are indeed serious ones, and without GOP help the Biden administration is addressing a number of them that are not culture war weapons. What is missing from your litany is apparent concern for the democracy that allows us to converse about such matters on this forum. That legacy of our founding documents was in grave danger one year ago today, thanks in large part to the active encouragement of the then president for the insurrection.

Richard Reinders

William, our rights were not in danger from a bunch of unarmed idiots, we never lost any control to them that we could have taken back once security started shooting. The danger was blown up to paint a narrative, comparing an unarmed assault to WWII is out of line and a bloated comment. It was only life threatening to the protestors.

LeRoy Sanchez

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Brent Lambert

Richard Reinders, why do you blatantly lie like this? Why? Five suspects — Christopher Michael Alberts, Lonnie Leroy Coffman, Mark Sami Ibrahim, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., and Guy Wesley Reffitt — are charged with possessing firearms. Six defendants are charged with having a knife. Five defendants are accused of having a Taser or stun gun. Three are charged with having an axe. And the list goes on of other items that can be used as weapons, stun guns, baseball bats, batons, pepper spray, etc., etc. And those are what we know of. Many got away without being searched at the time. Anyone who's taken a firearms self-defense class knows that normal items can constitute a deadly weapon, depending on use and circumstances. In fact, gun rights advocates and the law state that deadly force can be used against UNARMED assailants when there is disparity of force when facing multiple attackers. Simply Google: were the january 6 rioters armed weapons

LeRoy Sanchez

So you think that #45 should have been elected for a second term? Unbelievable! Deplorable! Depraved!

Brent Lambert

Yeah, Richard. And Benghazi was the real problem that actually meant something to the average person. Right? How many investigations did the Republicans launch and how many millions of dollars of our tax money went to that? This was an attack on U.S. soil of the highest levels of our government.

Barry Rabkin

Trump continues to demonstrate that he is a self-centered societal virus worse than COVID. The Republican's allegiance should only be to the US Constitution, its Amendments, and encompassing laws. No one - Republican, Democrat, or Independent - should ever feel they owe allegiance to one person (because they do not). (Registered Republican who did NOT vote for Trump either time.)

Mark Specter

Simple. If you don't think what happened a year ago was an attempted coup against our democracy, then you're a traitor. Just because a large minority of congresspeople are also traitors doesn't let you off the hook.

Mike Johnson

When are you and your brownshirts gonna come arrest me then? I'll be waiting for you......go ahead, make my day.

Craig Meyer

Luckily nobody is arrested for thought crimes in this country. If the trumpists prevail I would no longer assume that to be true.

Mark Specter

Oh, ha, Mike! You're just a pesky internet troll. No danger to anyone. You're safe.

Mike Johnson

A pity, I was hoping to meet you in person as you made the citizen's arrest.......

Matthew Rawlings

Looks like Biden's true colors are coming out in that photo. Geesh.

Craig Meyer

Blue? It's a nice tie.

John Cook

It's about time the truth about former President Donald Trump's orchestration of this attack sees the light of day. It's good to see President Biden speak publicly and plainly about it. No patriot, not one, supports this armed attack on our government. Not one; so don't kid yourself if you are one of the supporters.

Mike Johnson

So you would include flag poles, fire extinguishers, bear spray, and tear gas as constituting an "armed" attack? Interesting as no rioters had any guns. Plan to regulate or outlaw any of these new armaments?

John Cook

You celebrated police officers killing a man out at Bishop's Lodge because he was armed with a fence post.

Mark Specter

Well done, John.

Mike Johnson

He was killed with that weapon he had been using and threatening on unarmed, innocent people. Police with weapons are armed, hillbillies with flagpoles, if they went after police, should have been shot, as the one here was. Why weren't they? But to think anyone wandering around with a flagpole is an "armed" criminal is ridiculous.

William Walker

Mr. Johnson, What is your point? Your claim that "no rioters had any guns" is wrong. See: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/capitol-protesters-were-armed-with-variety-of-weapons/. It is also disinformation. The implements you mention were not there for a carefree show-and-tell day at the Capitol, were they? Your question is an insult to the seriousness of 1/6/21 and a calumny upon those who sought to protect Congress people irrespective of party.

Mike Johnson

That hoop jumping by left wing fact checkers is also misinformation. I know guns were found "on the Capital grounds", and some of those were in people's cars, but I defy you to show me any video or even any indictments of the rioters for carrying firearms INSIDE of the Capital building or firing any rounds, since that did not happen., from NPR: "At least three people arrested in connection with the Capitol riot are facing gun charges, though the government has not alleged that those three were part of the actual breach of the building". Anything can be a deadly weapon if it is used to kill people, cars, bikes, rods, stun guns, poles, pipes, etc. But since no one but a rioter was killed that day by any weapon, I fail to see the seriousness of all these other so-called weapons. Also from NPR: "In at least seven cases, federal prosecutors say rioters used flagpoles as weapons to attack law enforcement or destroy property." And: "Many of the weapons allegedly used in the riot are considered "less lethal" but are dangerous and can even be fatal, according to experts." This was not a serious coup attempt, nor was it well planned or executed, and it had no chance of doing anything except entertaining a bunch of Trump hillbillies for a few hours, get serious man. A Marx Brothers, 3 Stooges kind of event.

William Walker

I hate to consider what woul;d have happened to Pence, Pelosi et al. had these fine, unarmed people located them. Your empathy for those under assault and concern about the threat to democracy is touching.

Emily Koyama

Well, now you're entertaining "what ifs".....

Speculation.

Mike Johnson

They were never in any danger of being harmed, they, like AOC have vivid imaginations and no courage.

Brent Lambert

Mike, why do you blatantly lie like this? What is wrong with you?! Five suspects — Christopher Michael Alberts, Lonnie Leroy Coffman, Mark Sami Ibrahim, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., and Guy Wesley Reffitt — are charged with possessing firearms. Six defendants are charged with having a knife, although none are accused of using the weapon on another person. Five defendants are accused of having a Taser or stun gun. Three are charged with having an ax. And the list goes on of other items that can be used as weapons, such as axes, stun guns, baseball bats, batons, pepper spray, etc., etc. And those are what we know of. Many got away without being searched at the time.

Anyone who's taken a firearm self-defense class knows that normal items can constitute a deadly weapon, depending on use and circumstances. In fact, gun rights advocates and the law state that deadly force can be used against UNARMED assailants when there is disparity of force when facing multiple attackers.

Simply Google: were the january 6 rioters armed weapons

Mike Johnson

Wasn't he already impeached for all this, and found not guilty?

Scott Smart

no

Mike Johnson

"The House of Representatives of the 117th U.S. Congress adopted one article of impeachment against Trump of "incitement of insurrection", alleging that he had incited the January 6 attack of the U.S. Capitol."

Al Chavez

And the Republicans who did not vote to convict a plainly guilty former president thereby became co-conspirators...along with every American who chooses to close their eyes to the plain truth.

Mike Johnson

OK Al, then they should all be arrested and charged with sedition, right?

John Cook

A vote of only 57 Senators to convict is not a finding of innocence. An impeachment is a political process. Those directly responsible should be indicted and tried in courts of law.

Mike Johnson

I never said "innocent", I said not guilty, that is all any court of law can say. Of course it was a political process, but that is what is called for with a sitting President. I am curious to see you may actually think Trump will be indicted and convicted of treason, or sedition, etc. I'll not hold my breath on that one........[lol]

John Cook

And indictment in a court of law is what every citizen faces when he incites a riot or conspires with others to do so. Our former President may well be indicted. And he will get a jury of his peers. In federal court in the Washington, D.C. district. [lol]

Emily Koyama

Hmmm, weren't you people gleefully chortling about how Trump was going to be sitting in a jail cell for the Russian collusion "hoax"? How did that work out for ya?

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