President Biden and Vice President Harris Mark the Anniversary of the Capitol Riot
At the White House, Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.), President Biden, and Vice President Harris introduced the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. President Biden reflected on the three years when protesters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He said American democracy won that day. Biden acknowledged the violent mob that assaulted the Capitol inspired by misinformation on social media and stressed that American democracy was challenged and prevailed because of the people. Vice President Kamala Harris also denounced the revolt and attempts to invalidate the 2020 presidential election. Protecting democracy and fundamental freedoms requires continual work, she said.
In his inaugural address of the year, President Biden denounced former President Trump for his role in the January 6th rioting. He depicted the fervent devotion of the rebellion as a peril to the principles of democracy and individual freedom. In anticipation of the upcoming election year, Biden’s speech emphasized the delicate nature of democracy.
Recent polls showed that 25% of Americans believe the FBI orchestrated and promoted the Capitol attack and that democratic satisfaction is declining. The 2021 violent revolt killed many and ransacked the Capitol, culminating in former President Trump’s indictment and 1,000 arrests.
Three years after the Capitol riots, President Biden stressed the durability of American democracy and the ongoing difficulties to safeguard it. As the nation approaches an election year, experts worry about democracy, with some people believing conspiracy theories and happiness with democracy declining.
The anniversary of the Capitol riot has prompted national reflection and a plea for continuous vigilance in protecting democratic values and fundamental liberties.