WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will deliver a speech on Thursday, the anniversary of the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol, aimed at former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the riots and warning of ongoing threats to democracy.
Previewing the president’s remarks at 9 a.m. ET, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would convey “the importance of what happened at the Capital and the singular responsibility of President Trump to what we saw.”
“He will forcibly push back the lies spread by the former president in an attempt to mislead the American people and his own supporters as well as divert attention from his role in what happened,” he said.
According to excerpts released before his speech, Biden will say that Americans will have to decide what kind of nation they want.
“Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn people’s legally expressed will? Are we going to be a nation that lives not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies?” Biden would say. “We cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation. The way forward is to recognize the truth and live according to it.”
Biden, who has repeatedly said that January 6 was one of the darkest days in US history, has been reluctant to criticize his predecessor, even as Trump and other Republicans continue to criticize the legitimacy of the 2020 election results. continue to lie about.
Psaki added that Biden “was a clear view of the threat to our democracy and how the former president continues to work to undermine core American values and the rule of law.”
“She [Biden] Sees January 6th as the sad culmination of what those four years under President Trump did for our country,” he added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has scheduled a series of events following the presidential speech on the day thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to stop lawmakers from attesting to Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Gave. Some members of the House will share their personal details of the attack and historians will discuss the “historical perspective” of January 6.
Vice President Kamala Harris is also expected to speak.
Psaki said Biden was “very personally involved” in preparing his speech and that the events of last year “affected him personally.” He said the “silence and complacency” of some Republicans “stuck” with Biden since the attack.
The president will briefly address voting rights, Saki said, but his main focus will be on January 6’s place in the country’s history and what the country should do to prevent similar threats in the future.
Some Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have used the anniversary to draw renewed attention to passing voting rights legislation. Psaki said Biden will have more to say “soon” about voting rights.
Trump was planning to host a news conference on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the January 6 attacks, but abruptly canceled it on Tuesday, blaming the House select committee that probed the riots.
A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released on Saturday found that 60 percent of Americans said Trump either bears a “great deal” or a “good amount” of responsibility for the attack.
The poll, however, found that Americans’ views were deeply divided along partisan lines, with 72 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Trump voters saying the former president had “just some” responsibility or “not at all.”
More than 700 people have been indicted for federal crimes related to the Capitol riots and the House committee has interviewed several people close to Trump. The committee is expected to release a report on its findings before the 2022 midterm election, when Republicans could win control of Congress and close that investigation.