Five moments from the Capitol riot that I’ll never forget
Donald Trump hesitated and initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” when his supporters breached the Capitol building and attacked police officers on 6 January last year, it is claimed.
A former aide of the president, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN that Mr Trump was “very reluctant to put out anything when it [the Capitol riot] was unfolding.”
The aide used to work in the White House’s West Wing, the broadcaster said, and was reportedly close to the messaging that was being put out during the riot.
Meahile, Joe Biden gave his much-trailed speech marking the anniversary of the deadly riot at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 – a searing address in which he condemned Donald Trump for watching TV during the insurrection as his supporters attacked Congress.
He also dismissed the idea that the insurrectionists were “patriots” as he urged Americans to protect democracy.
Mr Trump has responded by releasing three statements continuing to air his grievances and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election while calling for the “MAGA nation” to “rise up” against the Biden administration over vaccine mandates.
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Donald Trump ‘Inflamed’ Jan. 6 riot, Capitol police officer claims in new lawsuit
A Capitol Police officer that was injured during the 6 January riot has filed a lawsuit against Former President Donald Trump, accusing him of being responsible for the violence that day.
Officer Briana Kirkland is the latest law enforcement official on duty during the attack at the Capitol to file a civil lawsuit against the former president accusing him of inciting the violent mob of his supporters.
As Newsweek reports, the lawsuit suggests that Mr Trump’s “provocative words and actions” in the run-up to the insurrection were to blame for what transpired at the Capitol just over a year ago.
The court filings allege that the 75-year-old’s incendiary tweets and speeches, where he falsely stated that the 2020 Presidential election was rigged, “were likely to incite and provoke violence in others and did in fact incite and provoke violence” towards the officer.
Thomas Fenton7 January 2022 12: 17
‘More toxic, more difficult’: How January 6 broke the House
A number of House members and staffers inside the Capitol building on Jan 6 have been speaking about how that taumatic day has broken the house.
The Independent’s interviews with multiple House members and former staff, paint a picture of a hostile work environment in the wake of the Capitol riot. One year on, the heart of American democracy tainted by distrust and division that goes far beyond partisan politics as usual.
“Republican leadership can reduce the risk of political violence by saying one truthful statement: The election was not stolen,” Rep Ted Lieu of California said. “The refusal to make that simple true statement is increasing the risk on all of us.”
Rep Barbara Lee said that it has changed her relationship with some Republicans but that she and all Democrats have some members they work with.
“Well I mean we all have our own individual Republicans we work with,” she said. “It makes us leery, it makes me leery of some who, you know, if they lie about what everyone knew took place what else will they do.”
Read Eric Garcia’s full report here
Thomas Fenton7 January 2022 11: 52
Top Republicans mark 6 Jan with silence and deflection
Oh, how things have changed.
Just a year ago, many Republicans joined Democrats in reacting with horror to the Capitol insurrection, denouncing both the violence perpetrated by the rioters and the role played by former President Donald Trump in stoking the outrage that fueled their actions with lies about a “stolen” election.
But on the anniversary of the attack, top Republicans were far more muted.
Read the full report here
Matt Mathers7 January 2022 10: 36
‘Jan 6 is not behind us’: House lawmakers reflect on riot with Capitol Police officer’s family in attendance
House Democrats gathered for more than two hours to reflect on the chaos and aftermath of the attack on the halls of Congress, sharing their emotional experience inside the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 as a mob threatened to break into the chamber.
You can read my colleague Alex Woodward’s here.
Matt Mathers7 January 2022 10: 03
Biden urges Americans to protect democracy
President Joe Biden used the first anniversary of the 6 January assault on the USCapitol on Thursday to urge Americans to protect the country’s fragile democracy by standing up for the right to vote.
Speaking 10 months before the November midterm elections that could give control of one or both houses of Congress to Republicans, Biden, a Democrat, warned that the danger on display a year ago had not gone away.
“The lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated. So we have to be firm, resolute and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and to have that vote counted,” Biden said from the U.S. Capitol, where a mob of Trump’s supporters attempted to overturn the 2020 election results.
“So now let’s step up, write the next chapter in American history, where 6 January marks not the end of democracy but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play,” Biden said.
In remarks delivered before Biden spoke, Vice President Kamala Harris also cast a spotlight on Trump supporters’ efforts to subvert democracy, calling on Congress to pass voting rights legislation and on Americans to participate.
“We cannot let our future be decided by those bent on silencing our voices, overturning our votes and peddling lies and misinformation by some radical faction that may be newly resurgent but whose roots run old,” Harris said.
“The fragility of democracy is this: that if we are not vigilant, if we do not defend it, democracy simply will not stand; it will falter and fail.”
Matt Mathers7 January 2022 09: 29
Trump did not want to tweet ‘stay peaceful’ during 6 January riot, key former aide says
Donald Trump hesitated and initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” when his supporters breached the Capitol building and attacked police officers on 6 January last year, said a former aide.
You can read my colleague Shweta Sharma’s full report here
Matt Mathers7 January 2022 09: 20
Kamala Harris ‘was inside DNC HQ when pipe bomb found’
Vice president Kamala Harris was reportedly inside the building on 6 January 2021 when a pipe bomb was discovered outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) headquarters, after rioters struck the US’s Capitol Hill.
Capitol Police and Secret Service had evacuated a previously unnamed “protectee” at 1.14pm, just minutes after police started investigating the presence of a pipe bomb outside the DNC headquarters at 1.07pm, according to an official Capitol Police timeline of events.
Sravasti Dasgupta reports:
Adam Withnall7 January 2022 06: 38
Media’s divergence in coverage of one year of Capitol insurrection
At one point on Thursday while representative Adam Kinzinger was recounting the US Capitol insurrection on CNN, and on MSNBC there was a report on the Justice Department’s probe into the riot, the Fox News Channel aired a video of a painting dog to illustrate a discussion about people maxing out on screen time, reports the Associated Press.
This snapshot of the day’s TV on 6 January highlights a divergence in the coverage of the first anniversary of the riot that was clear from Thursday’s earliest hours.
Between 6.20am and 9am, the Fox and Friends show mentioned the anniversary only twice.
While all the main broadcast and cable news networks, including Fox News, covered president Joe Biden’s anniversary speech live, differences in their coverage were stark. ABC anchor David Muir said: “You could clearly hear the passion in his voice as he was telling the American people what’s at stake.” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie said the attack on Trump was “pretty remarkable”.
Fox News’ commentary, on the other hand, referred to the speech as divisive and a missed opportunity. “We’ve got a lot of challenges that we’re dealing with,” said anchor Dana Perino. “You could have talked about the strength of our system.”
Newsmax’s Tom Basile said that the president believes that a country is defined by its worst moments. He said Mr Biden sees everyone involved in the attack as extremists and terrorists, “and I think the American people are going to chafe at that”.