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With the one year anniversary of the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol just a few days away, Democrats are set to play the “insurrection” card for all its worth amid record low approval ratings for both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced last month that even though Congress will not be in session she is planning a “full program of events” to commemorate the one year anniversary and that program will include both the president and vice president delivering remarks during appearance at the Capitol, according to Fox News. A prayer vigil will also take place, along with a panel discussion with historians and an opportunity for members to reflect on their experiences during what Pelosi characterized as a “deadly attack.”
The Democratic Party is beset with a number of crises, be it a major surge in COVID-19 despite Biden’s vow to “shut down the virus,” record inflation, continued supply chain shortages, and an out-of-control southern border with Mexico that saw nearly 2 million illegal immigrants cross in 2021 alone, with hundreds of thousands more reportedly entering the U.S. undetected, so billing themselves as saviors of “our democracy” may be their only play to salvage the 2022 midterm elections, assuming the American people go along with the feign.
In addition to marking the one year anniversary of the Capitol being breached by protesters, who were largely made up of Trump supporters, while Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election results, Thursday will also mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old unarmed Air Force veteran of 14 years, who was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer. That officer, Lt. Michael Byrd, was cleared of any charges, although he did not appear to offer any audible warning before firing the fatal shot. Byrd said he shot Babbitt as a “last resort” because she was “posing a threat to the House of Representatives,” adding, “I know that day I saved countless lives.”
Babbitt, who had no weapons on her, was killed when she tried to climb through a broken window next to a barricaded door outside the Speaker’s Lobby, which leads to the House chamber.
Pelosi’s politically motivated January 6 House Select Committee is set to make a public spectacle of it’s investigation into the protest that went awry in the coming days with hearings that will almost certainly be televised.
“The full picture is coming to light, despite President Trump’s ongoing efforts to hide the picture,” said the committee’s vice chairman Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who was hand-picked by the speaker because oh her virulent anti-Trump stance.
Committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., was clear that Democrats will stick with the insurrection narrative — of the more than 700 protesters arrested by the FBI, none have been charged with insurrection — claiming the protest “was an organized effort to change the outcome of the election by bringing people to Washington… and ultimately if all else failed, weaponize the people who came by sending them to the Capitol,” according to the Associated Press.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., acknowledged the one year anniversary in a letter to Republicans last week that focused on the how the Capitol was so easily compromised — security for the building falls under Pelosi’s purview and Democrats have shown little interest in turning over that stone.
“This week will mark one year from the riots at the Capitol. As we have said from the start, the actions of that day were lawless and as wrong as wrong can be,” McCarthy said in the letter. “Our Capitol should never be compromised and those who broke the law deserve to face legal repercussions and full accountability.”
“Unfortunately, one year later, the majority party seems no closer to answering the central question of how the Capitol was left so unprepared and what must be done to ensure it never happens again,” the GOP leader added. “Instead, they are using it as a partisan political weapon to further divide our country.”
McCarthy informed members that House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis “will be sending a memo to each of your offices outlining meaningful and measurable steps that should be taken to protect our Capitol from all threats — steps that the current majority party is negligent in acting upon.”
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