House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is determined to keep the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol that went awry fresh on the minds of voters, and even though Congress will not be in session she is planning a “full program of events” to commemorate the one year anniversary of what the Democratic Party continues to insist was an “insurrection,” a claim fully supported by much of the national media.
And to be sure the production is not missed by the public, Pelosi said they will live-stream events and have the House historian “preserve our records.”
The speaker announced in a “Dear Colleague” memo that a prayer vigil will be held, along with a panel discussion with historians and an opportunity for members to reflect on their experiences during what she characterized as a “deadly attack.” Democrats have stuck with that theme, although it’s widely known that the only death directly attributed to events inside the Capitol was Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old unarmed Air Force veteran of 14 years who was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer.
(Three other deaths that day were from medical incidents involving Trump supporters, and a fifth death occurred the following day when Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died after suffering two strokes.)
“Our nation will soon mark one year since the January 6th deadly attack on the United States Capitol. While the House will not be in session that week, a number of Members have expressed interest in being involved in commemoration activities,” Pelosi wrote, before asking any members who will be in DC on January 6 to email her office.
“Already, preparations are underway for a full program of events, including a discussion among historians about the narrative of that day; an opportunity for Members to share their experiences and reflections from that day; and a prayerful vigil in the evening,” she announced. “All events will be live-streamed, so that Members can watch and participate from their districts. As always, we will continue to work with the House Historian to establish and preserve our records in this regard.”
The memo concluded, “On the heels of an historic legislative session, please accept my gratitude on behalf of the Congress and the Country for all of your hard work. This Holiday Season, I pray that you and your loved ones have time to rest and rejoice, as well as renew your strength for the important work in the year ahead. Thank you for your determined leadership For The People.”
Democrats have gotten maximum production from the protest that fateful day, with the FBI tracking down and arresting more than 700 people for their alleged roles in the rioting that took place — some are still being held in DC jails after being refused bail. Many of the jailed protesters have complained of the conditions they are being held in, and have alleged physical abuse. A number of them have been held in solitary confinement for extended periods of time.
Pelosi convened a Jan. 6 select committee to investigate the events of that fateful day, handpicking U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., two notorious Trump haters, to give the politically motivated endeavor a “bipartisan” label. Cheney was quickly rewarded with a vice chair role for her full embrace of the endeavor.
Cheney generated some scandalous headlines last week when she read aloud a series of text messages sent to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the rioting at a hearing to infer culpability from former President Trump. The text messages were from Donald Trump Jr., and Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Brian Kilmeade, beseeching Meadows to have Trump intervene in some manner to quell the actions of an out-of-control mob.
A little reported timeline of Trump’s actions that day showed that within 30 minutes of the building being breach he tweeted: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that he was looking forward to seeing what the select committee produces from its probe, telling Spectrum News in an interview, “It was a horrendous event and I think what they are seeking to find out is something the public needs to know.”
The GOP leader excoriated Trump during a floor speech after the Democrats failed to impeach Trump over the protest, saying his actions “preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.”
Calling the protest a “disgrace, McConnell said, “They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth — because he was angry he’d lost an election.”
“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” McConnell said. “And their having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.”
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