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>> and, good evening from washington as the house democrats wrap up a prayer vigil commemorating the first anniversary of the january 6 attack on the capitol here in washington. the prayer vigil was just one part of a ceremonious and solemn day on capitol hill. several events were held to mark the january 6 anniversary and we will be showing you several of the commemorations tonight. along with the speakers today
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that you will hear this evening, president joe biden, vice president kamala harris and speaker nancy pelosi. also, later in the day, historians and lawmakers reflected on the attack and we will show you some of those as well. but this evening, most importantly, we want to hear from you. what do you remember about january 6, 2021 and the days and weeks that followed,? what you think of the congressional investigation? and how would you describe the political condition of our country now. if you live in the east and central time zones, 202-748-892 zero, pacific and mountain time zones, 202-748, -- 202-748-8921.
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for text messages, 202, 748 -8903. please include your name. you can connect with us on social media at c-span command on facebook and twitter. you can make a comment there as well. we will begin taking your views in a moment. we want to show you a portion of president biden's speech earlier today. president biden: and so, at this moment, we must decide, what kind of nation are we going to be? 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 overturned illegally-expressed will of the people? are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth, but in the shadow of lies ? we cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation.
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the way forward is to recognize the truth, to live by it. the big lie being told by the former president and med republicans who hear his raft is that the insurrection in this country actually took place on election day, november 3, 2020. think about that. is that what you thought? is that what you thought when you voted that day? taking part in an insurrection? is that what you thought you were doing? did you think you were carrying out your highest duty as a citizen, and devoting? the former -- and voting. the former president's supporters are trying to rewrite history. they want you to see election day as the day of insurrection and the riot that took place here on january 6 as a true expression of the will of the people. can you think of a more twisted
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way to look at this country, to look at america? i cannot. here is the truth. the election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country. more of you voted in that election that have ever voted in all of american history. over 150 million americans went to the polls and voted that day. in a pandemic. some at great risk to their lives. they should be applauded, not attacked. peter: we will be showing you president biden's full speech from statuary hall a little later this evening. just wanted to give you a preview. here's how we can connect with you tonight, 2020-748-8920 in the eastern time zone, 202-748,
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-8920. and text messages, 202-748-8930. president trump was scheduled to give a speech today at mar-a-lago. he canceled that. but he sent out of few statements. here is his first statement. biden, destroying our nation with insane policies of open borders, corruption, disastrous to energy policies and devastating school closures used my name today to try to further divide america. this political theater is all just a distraction from the fact biden has totally failed. our country no longer has borders. he has totally and completely lost control of covid, record numbers. we are no longer energy dependent, and our exit or
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surrender from afghanistan was perhaps the most embarrassing day in the long and the stink was history of the united states, and so much more. why is it that the unselect committee of totally partisan political hacks whose judgment has long ago been made not discussing the rigged presidential election of 2020? it is because they don't have answers or justifications for what happened. they got away with something and it is leading to our destruction. they want all conversation concerning the election canceled. look at the numbers per they speak for themselves. they are not justifiable. a complicit media just calls it the big lie when in actuality, the big lie was the election itself. that was former president trump earlier today. terry in union mills, north carolina, go ahead. go ahead, terry.
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caller: i disagree with former president trump, although i voted for him. some of us wish that he would have continued, only because he was not a politician. he was a businessman. and he was able to get things done. did january 6 -- peter: did january 6 change your mind? caller: not necessarily. that was a small group of people. i don't think president trump did anything to encourage it. his speech was after the fact. now, the thought is yeah, it was wrong. it never should have happened.
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unfortunately, democrats are turning this into a political situation, thinking that trump might possibly run again. and they are going to use this against him. so they are going to keep this alive. they're going to keep this alive for a few more years. president biden: terry, thank you from north carolina. this is ronald and san carlos, california. good evening. caller: good evening. it is donald, accurately. the last speaker took a lot of my points. but basically, being a history buff, i know only one thing, we have to get on with our lives. and we have to unite.
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in the process of peace and caring for one another. we got to get beyond money. president biden: as a -- peter: as a history buff, how do we unite? it has happened in the country before. caller: the only way we are going to unite as before is through faith. because if you don't have faith, you eventually are going to fail. peter: rose is in camp springs, maryland. rose, what are your thoughts about january 6? caller: i am a mother, i had a son that was working there at the time.
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it is not only the senators and congresspeople that were there. and as a parent and mother, to have my son call me to tell me that if something happens to me, take care of his little girls. i said what is going on? just know that some people don't get it. this is the nation's capitol. and i feel we shouldn't even be having this conversation. when you have people in the world to just be letting go, and come when they want to? i feel sad that as a nation, we cannot get it together. it is not about republicans or democrats. everyone must work together there. i would like to tell democrats and republicans to get their act together. i feel sad that as the united states and as a mother, we had to encounter that.
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it was unnecessary. peter: where was your son on that day? caller: it was working and they told him to go down the hallway. he is a custodial worker there, he is in that department and he works there. peter: and it he feel threatened? caller: yes, he did. he felt very threatened. peter: thank you, rose. john, santa barbara, california, you are on c-span. what do you remember about last year and what you think it means for our country right now? caller: i remember my wife and by listening to president trump's speech while all the shenanigans was going on. we did not hear him tell anybody to go create trouble or trauma or anything else. and we think, my wife and i both thank that the democrats and
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biden are blowing a lot of smoke and it is a major lie, all the stuff democrats are saying. and we are just sick and disgusted. peter: marine is next, another californian, mission viejo. -- more rain is next -- maurine is next, another californian, mission viejo. caller: i am a former history and government teacher, now retired and i was absolutely appalled at what was happening on january 6. i had blocked my students that voting -- i had tho i had taught my students that voting was a freedom and the right that we all have the edge or our democracy. and to see what was happening on that day just struck me to the core, to my very bones. and now have the republicans not
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want to find out how this happened, why this happened, to prevent this from happening again, it just astonishes me. and to make it a democratic thing, a partisan thing, when it really is something that all americans need to know, exactly what happened and why, is how we get to the truth of the matter. peter: it was a year ago. you think we are more united, less united, about the same as a year ago? caller: absolutely less united. it just astonishes me, astonishes me that a large majority of people think violence is a way that we are going to solve our problems. and i do not think they have learned the lesson from the war
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of 1812, from the civil war, from all of the civil rights lessons we have had in our country. and to not want to come together as americans under the rule of law, i think they need to read the constitution again, and read some of the founding documents that our founding fathers wrote. read the declaration of independence again. peter: thank you. now, senator lindsey graham, republican of south carolina, sent several tweets today. we are going to read two of them. the biden residency, one year after january 6, is in freefall not because of the attack on our capitol, but because of failed policies and weak leadership. he also said that finally, president haydn and vice president harris' speeches today
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were an effort to resurrect a failed presidency more than marking the anniversary of a dark day in american history. david is in virginia beach, virginia. david, what are your thoughts about january 6, 2021, and what it means? caller: i was there january 6. and i am no follower. i am not a fan. i don't support politicians. peter: when you say you were there, what do you mean? caller: i was there, i was at the capitol building. peter: did you go to the trump rally earlier by the white house? caller: yes. and this business, this whole, let's find out, the investigation, let's investigate what caused this, what have you, what they don't say is, why was everybody there?
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why did people show up and why did they have questions about the election? peter: well, why did you show up? caller: well, i had seen a lot of things online, on television. i sought legal observers in vote counting precincts around the country kicked out, republican observers kicked out, windows obscured from camera views. there was just so many things, laws and rules of voting that were changed at the last minute against state laws. peter: did you get into the capitol building itself? caller: no. i did not go in. i am not that stupid. so, we went there not because i am some minion of donald trump. i am far from that. i was not for him in the beginning and have had a lot of discussions with my dad about
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that. i am from new york. and i wasn't for donald trump. so i didn't there because i was a minion. i went there because i saw some serious things that brought up questions about the election. and i went there to hear the rally, to be at the rally. we left early because we got tired of listening and we walked over. there were elements there while donald trump was still speaking, people had already started hammering down the barricades and attacking. and i was with a former law enforcement guy and he pointed out, see this guy, he is antifa. he is directing people. and you could see they had command, control. he was saying, ok, you guys hit hard on the left and when they pull over, we will push in on the right.
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so, there was this command and control people that were antagonizing the situation. just like antifa did with black lives matter. they are professionals that hijacking moments and they were hijacking it. by the time most of the people got there, most of the battling was overcome with the barricades are gone. now, the majority of the people come walking up, they don't even realize what went on to get to that point. they just walked up on the building. they didn't see the early stuff that went on, which was basically about 300, 4 hundred people, probably did most of the damage and caused most of the mayhem. and here it is, thousands of people covering the capital, some antifa guy gets up and
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starts smashing a window info view of everybody. a military-looking guy gets up, grabs him, takes the baton out of his hand. the whole crowd starts chanting, f antifa, we don't smash, f antifa, we don't smash. that was the mentality of the vast majority of people that were there. peter: how do you know the whoever was smashing the window was antifa? caller: oh, you can tell antifa. black helmet. upside down little flag on it, the outfit, everything. he eventually got dragged out they dragged him out. because he was antagonistic. but that is how the crowd, tens of thousands of people i guess covering the building at that point, they were chanting don't
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smash, don't smash, that one window. most people didn't understand what was going on inside, down the hallways, you know? the majority of people, they didn't know what was going on. peter: thank you for sharing your experience on this first anniversary of the january 6 capitol attack, which was also the certification of the 2020 election. we are getting your views. house democrats held several commemorations today. we will be showing you those as the evening goes on as well. sandy and salem, massachusetts, sandy, what are your thoughts about the first anniversary? caller: my thoughts went to the guy that spoke and said that this happened after the fact, which it did not. in the woman before, how do we reunite -- and the woman before,
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how do we reunite? how do we reunite? tell the truth. and that last guy needs to be in court to say it was only antifa when it was shown otherwise. peter: you think the countries more united than a year ago, politically? how would you describe our political condition? caller: right now? i think it is really horrible. i think it is really horrible because of the fact of this being brought up over and over and over again by the republicans, and trump shouting out that it was stolen, still. i think it is absolutely insane. i really do. my son was a part of that and he is a trumpet. -- a trumper.
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he didn't say it was antifa he was looking at. it was groups of nasty people. peter: he was there that day, in the capitol? caller: yes. yes. he saw quite a bit and it wasn't antifa he was looking at that was angry. i will tell you, you know, the truth needs to be told. the truth needs to be told. and why the republicans don't want the truth to be told if they had nothing to do with nothing is beyond my comprehension. not one of them was even there to pay tribute. like the woman said, there were other people in that building other than congress, and for them not to be recognized -- and i posted on c-span how i felt about this whole thing, with the republicans just turning their
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back on everybody that was involved in that capitol, knowing they had families that were out there, knowing that maybe somebody had some kind of an illness going on in their family and were there to vote in a new president. there was a guy there that, his wife was going to give birth to their first kid. and the capitol police, what they did to save them, they don't even want to acknowledge that. they don't want to acknowledge the fact that there were working people in there, janitors, their own secretaries. peter: thank you for calling in. senator chuck grassley, republican a valuable, longest-serving republican senator said january 6 was a difficult day for those of us who work in the u.s. capitol and the entire country. i was there and experienced it
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firsthand. we need to focus on issues that wring our country together, not tear us apart. lots of work to do. terry is next, traverse city, michigan. terry, you are on c-span, first anniversary of january 6. caller: thanks for taking my call today. i was home when all this unfolded. it still affects me a lot. i was watching it unfold with my elderly mom. i am a caregiver at home with her. and just minute by knitted, i could not believe -- i never cursed so much in one day, and i was yelling and screaming at the tv. i just could not believe what i was looking at, what i was seeing, what i was hearing. also, i couldn't believe that with every step as the folks were approaching the capitol, with every step they got closer and closer and i kept saying, my
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gosh, i don't believe it, they are going to get shot, what do they think they are doing? is time went on i was like, where is everybody? where is the police? where's the military? where the helicopters? -- where is the helicopters? i could not believe how long this went on, how long, without anything being done. i understand the capitol police were there, god bless them, they did everything we could. they had lost their. -- they had lost there. and i can't believe we had a president who sat there and watched this in glee that these people were doing this for him, and his name. and to not do anything? to sit there and watch tv and let it go on and on while people were beaten, maimed, pepper sprayed, they sprayed. that is unprecedented. to me, that is the highest level of treason. you take an oath.
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you take an oath to protect this country, to protect our people. and to sit there and watch it on tv in glee and not do anything? peter: terry, have you been watching and following the january 6 investigation committees in congress? caller: yes, i have. as much as i can. peter: what do you think of their work so far? caller: i think we still have a ways to go. i have the highest respect for them. they are doing everything they possibly can. and on that note, i just can't believe that more republicans aren't stepping forward and backing this up. this is going to be there legacy. do they want to one day pass away and have all the children at schools look through the history books and see all of them and say that they did not support our country and our capitol and our democracy?
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they want that to be there legacy? when this all happened, they were all over tv saying donald trump, he didn't stepien, they world about that. but now, they flipped the script and are back to supporting him. what is it about this guy that ever but he loves so much? why do they support him? peter: and this is joe in colorado springs. caller: how are you doing? peter: go ahead. caller: i have this nagging question of why we are letting the media -- what they do is, they spread this false equivalency of the big lie. they never ask for proof from trump or his supporters about how this insurrection on january 6 started? they put people on who give the
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conspiracy version without coming back with facts. so it is one-sided, like they are reporting just the conspiracy side, or the far-right side of it. i mean, we all nude trump -- we all knew trump wasn't exactly a truth-tell her he was elected -- truth-teller when he was elected. but we still treat what he says like the truth. and it is not. there are minions in congress who are willing to follow this guy even though we know it is a big lie. we all saw it on tv and watched. peter: do you think the country is in better shape than it was a year ago politically? caller: no, it is not. and the reason is that we keep putting out this false equivalency. most people are not that dumb. they saw the exact same thing we saw.
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and because they say they didn't, we have treated them as if they are, as if it is the truth. it is alternative facts. and we all know alternative facts are alive. peter: we are to continue to take your calls all evening. we are also going to show you events from capitol hill today. we begin with president biden's speech along with vice president kamala harris' speech from statuary hall this morning.
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vice president harris: fellow americans, good morning. certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived for them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar, but a place in our collective memory. december 7, 1941. september 11, 2001.
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and january 6, 2021. on that day, i was not only vice president-elect, i was also a united states senator. and i was here at the capitol that morning at a classified hearing with fellow members of the senate intelligence committee. hours later, the gates of the capital were breached. i had left, my thoughts immediately turned not only to my colleagues, but my staff who had been forced to seek refuge in our office, converting filing cabinets into barricades. what the extremists who roamed the souls targeted was not -- who roamed these halls targeted was not only the lives of elected leaders. what they sought to integrate and destroy was not only a building, hallowed as it is.
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what they were assaulting were the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend. on january 6, we all saw what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful -- the lawlessness, the violence, the chaos. what was at stake then, and now, is the right to have ever future decided the way the constitution describes it, by we the people,
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all the people. we cannot let our future be decided by those bent on silencing our voices, overturning our votes, and peddling lies and misinformation like some radical faction who may be newly resurgent, but whose roots run old and deep. when i meet with young people, they often ask about the state of our democracy, but january 6 -- about january 6. and what i tell them is, january 6 flex the dual nature of the month -- january 6 reflects the dual nature of democracy, its fragility and its strength. the strength of democracy is the
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rule of law. the strength of democracy is the principle that everyone should be treated equally, that elections should be free and fair, that corruption should be given no quarter. the strength of democracy is that it empowers the people. and 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. the violent assault that took place here, the very fact of how close we came to an election overturned, that reflects the fragility of democracy.
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yes, the resolve i saw in our elected leaders when i returned to the senate chamber that night, there resolve not to yield but to certify the election, their loyalty not a party or person but to the constitution of the united states, that reflects its strengths. and so does the heroism of the capitol police, the d.c. metropolitan police department, the national guard and other law enforcement officers who answered the call that day, including those who later succumbed wounds both visible and invisible. our thoughts are with all of the families who lost a loved one. you know, i wonder, how will january 6 come to be remembered
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in the years ahead? will it be remembered as a moment that accelerated the unraveling of the oldest, greatest democracy in the world? or a moment when we decided to secure and strengthen our democracy for generations to come? the american spirit is being tested. the answer to whether we will meet that test resides where it always has resided in our country, with you the people. and the work ahead will not be easy. here in this very building, a decision will be made about whether we uphold the right to vote and ensure free and fair elections. let's be clear. we must pass the voting rights
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bills that are not before the senate. and the american people must also do something more. we cannot sit on the sidelines. we must unite in defense of our democracy in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our prosperity in posterity. that is the preamble of the constitution the president biden and i swore an oath to defend and that is the enduring promise
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of the united states of america. my fellow americans, it is my honor to introduce a public servant with the character and fortitude to meet this moment, a later whose life's work has been moving our nation toward that more perfect union, president joe biden. president biden: madam vice president, my fellow americans, to state the obvious, when you recoat today -- one year ago today in this sacred place, democracy was attacked, simply attacked.
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the will of the people was under assault. the constitution, our constitution, faced the gravest of threats, outnumbered in the face of a brutal attack, the capitol police, the d.c. metropolitan police department, the national guard and other brave law enforcement officials saved the rule of law. our democracy held. we the people endured. we the people prevailed. for the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the capitol. but they failed. they failed. and on this day of remembrance, we must make sure such an attack never, never happens again. i am speaking to you today from
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statuary hall in the united states capitol. this is where the house of representatives met 50 years in the decades leading up to the civil war. it is on this floor where young congressman from illinois, abraham lincoln, sat at desk 191. above him, above us, over that door leading into the rotunda is a sculpture depicting cleo, the muse of history. in her hands, an open book in which she records events taking place in this chamber below. cleo stood watch over this fall one year ago today that over this hall -- over this hall when you're go today, as she had for over 200 years. she recorded the real
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history, the real facts, the real truth, the facts and truth vice president harris just cared and that you and i and the whole world saw with our own eyes. the bible tells us that we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. we shall know the truth. well, here is god's truth about january 6, 2021. close your eyes. go back to that day. what do you see? rioters rampaging, waiting for the first time inside this capitol the confederate flag that symbolized the cause to destroy america, to rip us apart. even during the civil war, that never, ever happened. but it happened here in 2021. what else do you see? a mob breaking windows, kicking
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in doors, preaching the capital, american flags on poles being used as weapons, as spears. fire extinguishers being thrown at the heads of police officers. a crowd that professes their love for law enforcement assaulted those police officers, sprayed them, stomped on them. over 140 police officers were injured. we all heard the police officers who were there that they testify to what happened. one officer called it "a medieval battle" and that he was more afraid that day that he was fighting the war in iraq. they have repeatedly asked since that day, how dare anyone, anyone diminish, belittle or deny the hell they were put through?
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we saw with our own eyes, rioters menacing these halls, threatening the life of this acre of -- the speaker of the house, literally erecting gallows to hang the vice president of the united states of america. what did we not see? we did not see a former who had just rallied the mob to attack, sitting in a private dining room off the oval office of the white house, watching it all on television. and doing nothing, for hours, as police were assaulted, lives at risk, the nation's capitol under siege. this wasn't a group of tourists. this was an armed insurrection. they weren't looking to uphold the well of the people, they were looking to deny the will of the people. they weren't looking to uphold a free and fair election, they were looking to overturn one.
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they weren't looking to save the cause of america, they were looking to subvert the constitution. this isn't about being bogged down in the past, this is about making sure the past isn't buried. that is the only way forward. that is what great nations do. they don't carry the truth, they -- bury the truth, they face up to it. it sounds like i verbally, but they face up -- it sounds like hyperbole, but they faceup to it. my fellow americans, and life there is truth in tragically, there are lies, lies conceived and spread for-profit and for power -- spread for profit and for power. we must be absolutely clear on what is the truth and what is
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alive. and here is the truth. the former president of the united states of america has created and spread a web of lies about 2020 election. he has done so because he values power over principal. because he sees his own interests as more important than his country's interest, america's interest. and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our country or our constitution. he can't accept that he lost, even though that is what 93 united states senators, his own attorney general, his own vice president, governors and state officials in every battleground state have all said -- he lost. that is what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward. he has done what no president in american history, the history of this country, has ever, ever
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done. he refused to respect the results of an election and the will of the american people. while some courageous men and women in the republican party are standing against him, trying to uphold the principle of that party, too many others are transforming that party into something else. they seem no longer to want to be the party of lincoln, eisenhower, reagan, the bushes. and whatever my other disagreements are with republicans who support the rule of law and not the rule of a single man, i will always seek to work together with them to find shared solutions where possible because we have a shared belief in democracy, that anything is possible. anything. so, at this moment, we must decide what kind of nation are going to be? are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a
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norm? are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn the legally-expressed will of the people? are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth, but in the shadow of lies? we cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation. the way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it. the big lie being told by the former president and many republicans that fear his wrath is that the insurrection in this country actually took place on election day, november 3, 2020. think about that. is that what you thought? is that what you thought when you voted that day? taking part in an insurrection? is that what you thought you were doing?
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or did you think you were carrying out your highest duty as a citizen, and voting? the former president's supporters are trying to rewrite history. they want you to see election day as the day of insurrection, and the riot that took lacey on january 6 as a true expression of the will of the people. can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at america? i cannot. here is the truth. the election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country. more of you voted in that election than had ever voted in all of american history. over 150 million americans went to the polls and voted that day. in a pandemic. at so much great risk to their lives. they should be applauded, not attacked.
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right now, in-state after state, new laws are being written not to protect the vote, but to deny it. not only to suppress the vote, but to subvert it. not to strengthen or protect our democracy, but because the former president lost, instead of looking at the election results from 20/20 and saying they need new ideas or better ideas to win more votes, the former president and his supporters have decided that the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections. it is wrong. it is undemocratic. and frankly, it is un-american. the second big lie being told the former president and his supporters is that the results of the election of 2020 can't be trusted. the truth is that no election,
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no election in american history has been more closely scrutinized or more carefully counted. every legal challenge questioning the results, and every court in this country that could have been made also rejected but republican appointed judges, including judges appointed by the former president himself, from state court to the united states supreme court. recounts were undertaken in state after state. georgia counted its results three time with one recount by hand. phony partisan audits were undertaken, long after the election, in several states. none changed the results. in some of them, the irony is,
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the margin of victory actually grew slightly. let's speak plainly about what happened in 2020. even before the first ballot was cast, the former president was preemptively sowing doubt about the election results. he built his lie over months. it wasn't based in any facts. he was just looking for an excuse, a pretext, to cover for the truth. he's not just the former president, he's a defeated former president. defeated by a margin of over 7 million of your votes. and a full and free and fair election. there is simply zero proof the election results were inaccurate. in fact, in every venue, where evidence had to be produced, and oath's that had to tell the truth were taken, the former president failed to make his case.
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just think about it the former president and his supporters have never been able to explain how they accept as accurate the other election results that took place on november 3. the elections for governor, united states senate, house of representatives. elections in which they closed the gap in the house. they challenged none of that. the president's name was first. then we went down the line. governors, senators, house of representatives. how those results were accurate on the same ballot. but the president, on the same ballot, the same day, cast by the same voters -- the only difference, the former president didn't lose those races, he just lost the one that was his own.
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finally, the third big glide being told by a former president and his supporters is that the mob who sought to impose their will through violence are the nation's true patriots. is that what you thought when you looked at the mob ransacking the capital, destroying property, literally defecating in the hallways? rifling through the desks of senators and representatives, hunting down members of congress? patriots? not in my view. to me, the true patriots where the more than 150 americans who peacefully expressed their vote at the ballot box. the election workers who protected the integrity of the vote. and the heroes who defended this capitol. you can't love your country only when you win. you can't obey the law only when it's convenient.
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you can be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies. those who stormed this capitol and those who instigated and incited, and those who called on them to do so, held a dagger at the throat of america and american democracy. they didn't come here out of patriotism or principal. they came here and raged. not in service of america, but rather in service of one man. those who incited the mob, the real plotters who were desperate to deny the certification of this election and define the will of the voters, their plot was foiled. congress, democrats and republicans, state. representatives and staff, they finished their work the constitution demanded. they honored their oath to defend the constitution against
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all enemies foreign and domestic. look, folks. now it is up to all of us, we the people, to stand for the rule of law, to keep the promise of america alive. that promise is at risk, targeted by the forces that value brute strength over the sanctity of democracy. fear over hope, personal gain over public good. make no mistake about it. we are living at an inflection point in history, both at home and abroad. we are engaged anew in a struggle between democracy and autocracy, between the aspirations of the many and the greed of the few, between the
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peoples' right of self-determination and self-seeking autocrats. from china, russia, and beyond, they are betting that democracy's days are numbered. they actually told me democracy is too slow, too bogged down by division to succeed in today's rapidly changing, complicated world, and they are betting america will become more like them and less like us. they are betting america is a place for the autocrat, the dictator, the strongman. i do not believe that. that is not who we are. that is not who we have ever been and that is not who we should ever, ever be. our founding fathers, as imperfect as they were, set in motion an experiment that changed the world, literally changed the world.
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here in america, the people would rule. power would be transferred peacefully. never at the tip of a spear or the barrel of a gun. they committed to paper an idea they couldn't live up to, but an idea that could not be constrained. yes, in america, all people are treated equal. i reject the view that if you succeed, i feel. if i hold you down, i somehow lift myself up. the former president, who lies about this election, and the mob that attacked this capitol, could not be further away from the core american values.
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they want to rule or they will ruin. ruin what our country fought for at lincolnton and concord. at gettysburg and omaha beach. seneca falls, selma, alabama. what we are fighting for, the right to vote. the right to govern ourselves. the right to determine our own destiny. the right to the responsibility to see each other as neighbors. may be we disagree with that neighbor, but they are not an adversary. the responsibility to accept defeat, then get back in the arena and try again the next time to make your case. the responsibility to see that america is an idea, an idea requires vigilance -- vigilant stewardship.
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as we stand here today, one year since january 6, 2021, the lies that grow the anger and madness inside this place, they have not abated. we have to be firm, resolute, and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and have that vote counted. some have already made the ultimate sacrifice in this sacred effort. jill and i have honored officers, once to honor officer brian sicknick who lost his life the day after the attack, in the second time to off -- honor officer billy evans who lost his life defending this capitol as well. we think about the others who lost their lives and were injured, and everyone living with the trauma of that day, and those defending this capitol, to
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members of congress in both parties and their staffs, to the reporters, cafeteria workers, custodial workers and their families. don't kid yourself. the pain and scars from that date run deep. i've said it many times. it is no more true or real than we think about -- when we think about the events of january 6. we are in the battle for the soul of america. a battle that by the grace of god and the goodness and rightness of this nation, -- greatness of this nation, we will win. believe me, i know how difficult democracy is. i'm crystal clear about the threats america faces. but i also know that our darkest
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days can lead to light and hope from the death and destruction that the vice president mentioned in pearl harbor, to the brutality of bloody sunday and the edmund pettis ridge came voting rights legislation. so now let's step up. make the next chapter in american history where january 6 marks not the end of democracy, but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play. i did not seek this fight brought to this capitol one year ago today, but i will not shrink from it, either. i will stand in this breach. i will defend this nation. i will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy. we will make sure the will of the people is heard, that the
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ballot prevails, not violence, that authority in this nation will always be peacefully transferred. i believe the power of the presidency and the purpose is to unite this nation, not divide it. to lift us up, not tear us apart. about us, about us, not about me. deep in the heart of america burns a flame lit almost 250 years ago of liberty, freedom and equality. this is not a land of kings or dictators or autocrats. we are a nation of laws and order, not chaos. of peace, not violence. here in america, the people rule through the ballot and there will prevails -- their will prevails. so let us together remember that we are one nation, under god, indivisible. that today, tomorrow, and
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forever at our best, we are the united states of america. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. and god, bless those who stand over and watch over democracy. >> and those speeches by president biden and vice president harris were delivered this morning from statuary hall in the capitol. we are live this evening from
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washington on the first anniversary of the january 6 capitol attacks. it was also the day of the 2020 presidential certification, which ended up happening at about four :00 a.m., 3:30 a.m. in the morning after the attacks. congress reconvened and went through their process. we will continue to take your calls this evening and show you the other commemorations that happened today. here's how you can dial in. 202 is the area code. 74889 20 for those of you in the east and central time zone. 748-8921 if you live in mountain or pacific time zones. if you want to send a text message, here's that number. 202-748-8903. for text only, please include your city and your first name. you can continue the conversation on social media, facebook, twitter and instagram.
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just remember at c-span is our handle. oliver darcy of cnn sent out this tweet earlier today. "the word insurrection has not been uttered once during coverage of january 6 on fox this morning other than biden using it during his speech, which the network aired, first a of show transcripts." senator ted cruz responded to that. "that's because insurrection is a political term used by democrats and the social media to falsely slander every trump voter across america. it's transparent political theater." so that exchange happened earlier today. back to your kohl's, margate in houston, texas. margate, what did you think about the first anniversary of january 6? what do you remember about that day? caller: thank you for taking my call. i had the tv on all day.
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i watched the whole thing. but let's be honest. if you are a person -- if all you watch is republican right wing tv channels like fox, oann or newsmax, when they are not trafficking in conspiracy theories about january 6, you would think january 6 never happened. and also, let's stop telling around the facts that those insurrectionists, stormtroopers who attacked our capitol on january 6, 2021, where if they voted, republican voters. that needs to be highlighted. i don't hear that being highlighted. and about an hour ago, you had a caller from virginia who identified as a new yorker who said he knew that antifa was behind all this. well, why isn't he speaking with
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the fbi instead of calling into this show? if he knows who started it, which i think is just crap, just a conspiracy theory, he should be talking to the fbi. i agree with president biden. trump is, amongst other things, is ace or losing liar, and -- a sore losing liar, and we need to stop this. we need to stop this now. i really wish that you would question these people. this conspiracy stuff is not healthy. people are dying. they are getting shot over things like this. it's terrible. it's terrible what is going on in this country and i think the media, you folks have a responsibility to set the record straight when it's blatant lies. you should not give any airtime
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to this matt gaetz, who allegedly is a sex trafficker, and marjorie taylor racist. i mean, come on, please. please be patriotic. >> that was margaret, and houston, texas. next is mike in spokane, washington. what do you remember about january 6 and what do you think its effect is on the country? caller: thank you for taking my call. i was very concerned with what's happening before january 6. i have to tell you i'm an iranian, a refugee. i left iran close to 37 years ago, through the mountains. the reason i left iran, it was not because the economy or any economical gain or loss. i left because of freedom.
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i found freedom here in america. so january 6, it is a very important -- it has a very important meaning to me. i'm sure to millions of immigrants and refugees that have come to the united states over the years. i kind of expected this to happen, because of what i was hearing from president donald trump. i mean, his words like, if i'm not elected, this election is rigged. i hope the republicans that listened and followed him and listen to those keywords, see why they -- he used to those keywords back a few years. if you go back to 2016 or when
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he was running for the first time, there were a lot of keywords that i felt, you know, he is a troublemaker for the united states. he reminded me of someone in iran, president akamai dinner to -- for many people in 2008 when we had the election in iran and there was some dispute, donald trump reminded me of that time in iran. host: mike, thank you for calling in this evening. clyde, you are from california. please with your thoughts about the first anniversary of january 6. caller: hello? host: please go ahead, clyde. caller: oh, thank you. thank you. um.
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what i remember of it is, i was bewildered about how all those people were able to gather up in such a short time and then they just went in and trashed the capitol. trump, he made a speech, like now is time to march to the capitol and do it to it. that's kind of what he was meaning. he was downstairs or someplace watching the old boop tube and saying, "yeah ueah, get it!" why wasn't he on the phone
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calling for more police or servant troops or helicopters to come over and drop soldiers down and protect the country and protect the government? host: what did you think of president biden's speech today? caller: yeah, it was more real than all the talk talk talk that trump did. to me, biden spoke more truth to what it is. host: thank you, sir, for calling in. karonda from charlotte, north carolina. we are looking at the events of january 6 and the first anniversary. caller: yes, when i look at this over and over again, my notice what everyone else noticed, why
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didn't they have someone to come in and stop this? he did not stop it because he loved it. now donald trump, how could a man, look up to heaven and say he was god? for a man to look into the cameras and say he had done more for black people than jesus christ has ever done, for a man to hold god's word upside down, he knew what he was doing. he was telling god that i'm better than you, i have the power. but donald trump, all of this stuff he has done has come to light. the investigation of january 6, the sex trafficking, the money laundering, all have one thing in common -- there is a common denominator and that is donald trump. his time is coming. host: that was rhonda in charlotte the wall street journal highlighted something this morning, one of the themes
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raised his democracy has been threatened by january 6. "democracy isn't dying" was the lead in their editorial. " the capitol riot of january 6, 2021 was a national disgrace, but almost more dispiriting is the way america's two warring political tribes have responded. democrats led by speaker nancy pelosi seem intent on exploding that day to retain power, while the donald trump wing of the gop insists it was merely a protest march that got a little carried away. the members of the senate and house fled their chambers during the riot, but soon returned to certify the electoral votes. in other words, america's democratic institutions held up under pressure," the wall street journal writes. "they also held in which states
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certify the electoral votes than they held in the courts, in which judges rejected claims of election theft that lacked evidence." democracy isn't dying, according to the washington journal. mary of independence, california, did you watch days events and do you remember last year? caller: i remember distinctly where i was this time last year. i was crying as i watched the insurrectionists, and let's be very, very clear, these were insurrectionists attacking our capitol. and just a little background, i am a registered republican. for the first time in my life, i voted for a democratic president. and it was not a vote for biden, it was a vote against trump, because for 20 years, i conducted elections. i was appalled in the spring of
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2020, because i'm a bit of a political junkie, because of my background, i was listening to trump starting to denigrate mail ballot voting. all along in march 2020 when the pandemic, we were starting to realize how serious it was, i knew that most of the polling place workers were elderly volunteers. those that would be most susceptible to covid infection and possible death. i was thinking at that time, "my god, the states have to do something to make mail ballot voting available to most people." trump started in because i think he knew he had a good chance of losing, of denigrating mail ballot voting, even though that's the way he preferred to vote. i agree with biden when he stated that trump built this lie over months.
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january 6 didn't start in a vacuum. either trump is the dumbest president that ever occupied the oval office if he believes this big lie, or it is the most evi andl. -- the most evil. and his followers need to ask that question. host: do you believe we are better off now? caller: absolutely not. all of the explaining that there's 20,000 different ballot types in the nation in any given general election and there's no mastermind that can rig an election, especially as biden pointed out, the down ballot votes that went to republican governors and congressman, there is no grand scheme, grand master that can rig an election. they don't believe it.
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they believe the stuff they read on whatever website they are going to. it is a simplistic answer in order to justify their beliefs. host: thank you, mary for calling in and sharing your experience. bonnie from washington. january 6, first anniversary. what are your thoughts? caller: i think that biden did a wonderful job today speaking. i feel that president trump lost, legally. we all voted. i knew that biden would win. i have friends that are republican, and i'm a democrat, and we worked together and we debate and talk like normal people do, and we try to understand both sides. i just feel that what happened today would never have happened had it not been donald trump.
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and i would like to see something worked where everybody pays a price for what they did. i watched it on television. i believe in democracy. i believe in republicans, but i feel that unless we get both sides working together, we will not conquer this. host: thank you, ma'am. tom, montgomery, texas. it is your turn to reflect. caller: i was at home at that time and watched the events as they occurred. the only thing that i would say about whatever was said about former president donald trump is
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that that me and. while he was in office, he produced. you have a president and vice president and i need to ask america very question, what are they done to make america better. host: let's go to january 6. do you think lester's attack on the capital was justified? caller: i am leading to that. -- do you think last year's attack was justified? the only thing that i would say is this. let me close basically with this idea.
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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray
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with me. sovereign god, these times are in your hands. incline your ear to us and hear our prayers for our congress, for our nation, for its people. as compatriots we are too often separated by politics and perspectives, individual certainties and intractable opinions. on this anniversary of national discord and despair, send your healing spirit among us and tend to the dispiritedness and disagreement here within and around the people's house. this day, into your hands we commend our spirits of fear, anger and uncertainty and ask that you would revive in us our shared commitment to this country's highest ideals, its strength in its diversity, its power in its defense of the common good.
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on these virtues was our country founded and for them countless heroes have sacrificed. remind us, inspire us, the aggrieved, the skeptical, the disenfranchised, all of us to hold true and remain worthy of this noble heritage. we offer the words of abraham lynn con. that once again -- lincoln. that once again we would emerge from our national turmoil with malice toward none and charity for all. with firmness in the right as you give to us see the right, to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds. to do all which me a achieve and -- which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves. merciful god, we store to us this sacred obligation of unity and moral purpose. inspire us to live lives which serve as a witness to your
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restoration and reconciliation. we pray your peace over your people. in your sovereign name we pray, amen. the speaker: pursuant to section 11-a, resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern. mr. mcgovern: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: pursuant to section 4-a of house resolution 829, no organizational or legislative business will be conducted on this day. the chair will address the chamber. today, one year ago, the capitol and those who work within it were targeted in a violent insurrection that sought to
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undermine democracy. as we acknowledge the horror of that day, we honor the heroism of so many, particularly u.s. capitol police, institutional staff, floor leadership, committee and member staff. we had a session this morning where we could say thank you to many of them. unfortunately covid did not enable us to have the full house. we will have another time when the attending physician allows. but as we acknowledge the horror of that day, in the face of extreme danger, they all risked their safety for our democracy by protecting the capitol complex, members, staff, press, etc., the press within. safeguarding the ballots in those mahogany boxes to validate the election. and ensuring that congress could accomplish our purpose and honor our duty to the constitution and to our country.
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that day and the days after, they were the defenders of our democracy and their courage and patriotism remain an inspiration. because of them congress was able to defeat the insurrection, to return to the capitol that same night, to ensure that the peaceful transfer of power took place. because of them and our members, the insurrection failed. one year later, the sacred space where members legislate, children learn, visitors are welcomed, was defiled and damaged, we know that. as we reflect on that darkest day, we remember that the insurrectionists sought not only to attack the building, but to undermine democracy itself. when the violent assault was made on the capitol, its purpose was to thwart congress' constitutional duty to validate the electoral count and to ensure the peaceful transfer of power. but the assault did not deter us
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from our duty. i say again. and this capitol, a symbol of democracy to the world, that evening, the congress, because of the courage of all of you, rose to honor our oath and protect our democracy. we did so, honoring the words of president lincoln during the civil war. fellow citizens, he said, we cannot escape history. we will be remembered in spite of ourselves. no personal insignificance or significance can spare us one or another. we hold the power, therefore we bear the responsibility. lincoln said. today we accept responsibility as daunting and demanding as any the previous generations of leadership have faced. since the january 6 insurrection, there have been continued assaults on our democracy, undermining the sanctity of the voting, integrity of our elections, which are the basis of our democracy.
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let us be true to the vision of our founders who permanently established our democracy and made it a model for the world. let us honor the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform who protect that freedom with their lives. and let us remember the word of another president, our patriarch, president george washington. when he delivered the constitution to the congress, he said this. he said, this constitution represents the creation of a government which would allow for the continuation of rigorous debate, but we lies -- relies upon the common sense and good faith of the american people to find the better angels of our nature. as we proceed, let us find our common ground, reach our nation's heights with liberty and justice for all. remembering the words of our great patriarch. and in the spirit that our
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chaplain referenced of president lincoln. with malice toward none and with charity toward all. let us acknowledge today, as i conclude i want to acknowledge our fallin heroes of that -- fallen heroes of that day. u.s. capitol police officer brian sicknick. howard livinggood. metropolitanner officer jeffrey smith. u.s. capitol police officer billy evans of a later assault. now i ask all members to rise for a moment of silence in their memory .
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thank you. pursuant to section 11-b of house resolution 188, the house stands adjourned until 6:30 p.m. on monday, january 10, 2022.
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>> i'm good. i just wanted to call in because i'm a retired state clerk from west jordan, utah, and i conducted several elections and i was the first one to start a vote by mail election. i was very upset at the process that people felt the vote by mail was invalid. i just feel that put the politics aside, and i say that also because i work with many mayor and council members, nonpartisan, difficulties but we've got to get to the point in our country that elections are sacred. they are very, very sacred.
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>> as a former county official, did you feel the elections were secure and fair? >> absolutely. when i ran them in west jordan, utah, which is part of salt lake county, before i wanted to present it to my councilmembers, i made sure and went and watched the entire process to make sure that it was valid, to make sure that there was security, to make sure that every vote counted and if it was an invalid ballot, it didn't count. >> melanie, you are calling from wyoming. what do your fellow people from wyoming say about liz cheney and her possible primary? >> i moved here year ago in december from utah.
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so i just have to say that i support liz cheney, i believe she's got an uphill battle and as i've watched her living here now in wyoming for one year, i am hopeful that the residents of wyoming will see her honesty and her support for citizens of the united states and not just wyoming. >> thank you for calling in. molly in compton, california, good evening to you. >> it was just shocking, i was watching it on tv and when i saw it here, we were just saying, i can't believe it. i couldn't believe that this was happening and i just knew any minute the national guard and the sheriffs and the police and everybody was going to show up. i was praying for the people
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because they were going to get killed, but i was 100% wrong. that was not what happened. second of all, i know that president trump and his cronies, they are saying that this past election was not fair, yet everybody heard president biden say it, and they accepted all the senators, all the governors, all the people excepted them and put them in office. what if the democrats were to say in 2024, we say that it's not right and we don't, kamala harris does not certify that election. we could go toe to toe, we wouldn't have a president, but i would be so scared, i would be
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afraid that we would have a civil war and i don't think the democrats would win. i believe that we've got to be honest, we've got to be fair, we've got to let this election come out. for liz cheney, i thank her and her father, when they had those hanging chads, we never took to the streets, we just called it that. so i thank c-span for covering that, this will go down in history, c-span is going to be going down as one of the ones that tell the truth. >> we appreciate your many years of loyalty and watching us from compton, california. we have leonard.
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>> i have interest in the area of higher education and i know this is my area. you've got a lot of assholes out there. >> that is leonard in northern minnesota. we show you some of the events commemorating the first anniversary of january 6. up next, members of congress, democratic house members spoke about their experiences at a forum this afternoon. there are some of those members. >> we must never forget.
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they are submitting for the american people to see the intentions of that day. serving our nation in uniform as an army major for three tours of duty and in afghanistan where he received a bronze star, serving our nation and congress including as impeachment manager and now serving in the caucus following the insurrection including many members testimonials which are vital to establishing and preserving the narrative of that day. my colleagues, please welcome jason crow. the floor is yours. [applause] >> thank you, madam speaker. colleagues, and most of all, friends.
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it is my honor to provide -- preside over today's testimonials by members of congress on the events of january 6, 2021. people you will hear from today come from around the country. they represent the rich diversity of our nation. their voices strike true. they are in my book patriots whose dedication to our nation is total. the courage inspires me every day. more than anything, perhaps, they are my friends. it is said that truth dies when people stop speaking it. well, it will not die on our watch. with that, it is my honor to recognize lisa blunt rochester from the state of delaware.
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>> thank you you, jason. madam speaker, my dear, dear colleagues, and the american family. good afternoon. let me begin, madam speaker, by thanking you for the opportunity for all of us to gather today and for this occasion to properly contextualize for history the events of january 6. for me, january 6 will forever be known as a day of remembrance, reflection, and recommitment.
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delaware's first american president. it was a combination of a hard-fought campaign in the midst of a historic pandemic. i had no idea that the safest, most secure election would on a day turn into a violent insurrection january 6 for me will be a day to remember how the light of acts of courage, small and large defeated darkness. heroes, staffers, custodians, police, i will remember those who quite literally gave their lives. a day of reflection.
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i reflect on that day being trapped in the gallery. ultimately praying for all of our safety and peace in our nation. i also reflect on just how close , how close we were to losing it. to losing our democracy. those of us trapped in the gallery, we lived it, ducking crawling, hands, knees, the sounds, the smells. we had a front row seat to what lies, hate, or plain old misinformation conjures. we went from victims to witnesses. and today we are messengers. we reflect on the fact that january 6 was about so much more than an effort to break into a building.
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it was an effort to break down our institution. i must admit to you, my colleagues, that over this past year, there have been times where i felt that justice was not swift enough. i felt sad, i felt mad, i felt bewildered. that sum minimized the day and continue to minimize the day. but we do not give up, because, in the words of poet oil: alliant and -- bryant and quoted by martin luther king, truth shout rise. truth shall rise. so, on this day, let us be commit to our democracy and to each other. han the day that i was sworn into congress -- on the day that i was wanting to congress, as many of my colleagues no, i was the first african-american and
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the first woman from the state of delaware erected -- elected to congress. and i carried this scarf with me. it marked annex that my great great grandfather -- it marked and next insurrection because is my proof of what we have overcome. it is my inspiration for what is yet to be done. as we work towards a more perfect union. i continue to have hope, even when i feel hopeless, because my ancestors would have it no other way. we may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. what i remember most is walking back onto the house floor, into the chambers that morning to complete our work. the morning when democracy prevailed. remember, reflect, recommit. [applause]
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>> thank you, lisa. now i recognize dan from the state of michigan. >> thank you for the opportunity to provide this testimony. i want to express my gratitude to the capitol police. as one of the members trapped in the house gallery on january 6, he saved our lives. by defending the capital, you literally saved our nation from a deadly mob determined to stop democracy. law enforcement officers are the true heroes of january 6 and every american owes them a great debt of gratitude. as i lay on the floor of the house gallery, and as i called
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my family to tell them i was safe, even though i was not sure that i was, it occurred -- i watched my uncle being first sworn into congress. it is a beautiful memory. now that memory is replaced by one of me sheltering myself from a violent mob, a mob whipped up by our former president, determined to keep congress from our constitutional duty to certify the election and ensure the peaceful transfer of power. as many of you know for me personally, the path forward has not been an easy one. it has been made more painful by
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the fact that most of our colleagues on the others of the aisle continued to accommodate that big lie that was the predicate for the attack on our country. as the speaker said, gratefully, democracy won on that day. the insurrectionists lost. january 6 is not over. january 6 is not behind us. the threat and the lies that fuel that threat continue to rear its head in other forms. it exists today and further threats of violence against appointed officials meant to intimidate. it exists and offices across the country where one party tries to
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undo the democratic process and make it harder for americans to have their voices heard at the bile -- ballot box. if we all act with the same patriotism and courage that those brave law-enforcement officers exemplified, i know that we can stop this ongoing effort to bend our democracy. to truly protect our democracy, we need truth. truth as clear as this shard of glass that i have carried with me for the last 365 days. glass that i picked up from a broken window in the capital in the aftermath of january 6 is a reminder in my pocket come of the brutality of that day. we must have truth.
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we must have accountability. only truth and accountability will give us the opportunity to find a path towards reconciliation. only truth will begin to thaw the bitterness. we live an amazing place, the greatest country in the world, but our democracy is only what we make it. our democracy does not run on autopilot. one year ago, we came dangerously close to an attack to stop our democracy from succeeding. what we need in this country now, more thanand leaders who ao stand up for truth even when it is hard. thank you. [applause]
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>> thank you, dan. before i go to our next speaker, i was just informed that the parents of officer brian sicknick, charles and gladys sick, have joined us today. -- charles and gladys cyclic -- sicknick, have joined us today. please stand and be recognized. [applause] for those of you joining us at home, brian sicknick was an officer who gave his life on generally 6, 21, in defense of this capitol, in defense of many of us. we is here your family a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. we will be there for you and your family. you are now part of our family
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as well. [applause] it is now my honor to recognize any custard from the state of new hampshire. -- annie custar from the state of new hampshire. >> madame speaker, my colleagues and friends, the sicknick family, and america, 1000 acts of courage saved my life and our democracy one year ago today in the generally six attack on our capitol. -- january 6 attack on our capitol. i am here today is both a survivor and a witness to the brutal attacks that threatened my life and continue to threaten our marcus e. america does not yet know just how close we, the numbers here
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in this room today, our nation, and our democracy came to out demise that day. 1000 of courage by the capitol police, the d.c. metro police, housestaff saved our lives and the future of our democracy. i was in the house gallery to witness the certification of the election of joe ivan and, harris as our historic vice president. we could hear the shouting and motion outside the gallery and the pounding on the door to the chamber as members on the house for work evacuated. terror and adrenaline raced through our bodies. i grabbed the hand of my colleague sara jacobs, just 31 years old, on her fourth day of congress. sarah, i whispered, we have to
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crawl around this corner to get out of the line of fire. we were all terrified and we thought we would die. suddenly, a capitol police officer shouted, run, run, run. we scrambled across the entire length of the gallery, crouching down, ducking down, terrified by the pounding on the door and the shutting outside the chamber. a tall, brave officer grabbed four of us and said i will get you to the elevator, to safety. as we ducked into the elevator just as the raging rioters came charging down that third floor hallway, 1000 acts of courage saved my life and our democracy by moments, not minutes. every struggle slowed the monstrous mob saving our lights. what would they have done to us?
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40 or 50 seconds away from us, bear spray, tear as a limit for -- a limb from limb? kidnapped or killed members of congress and seconds later, jason crow heard the commotion in the hall and commanded the police to lock that last gallery door. two dozen members of congress and a dozen or more journalists were down for the next 8.5 minutes while the riot police finally subdued the terrorist mob. went we finally evacuated, riot ers were sprawled on the floor with guns into their heads, a combat scene that no one could get to imagine. we've survived that day. we are here today as survivors and witnesses. we returned to the chamber that night, at 3:30 a.m., certified
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the election of president joe biden and vice president kamala harris but let us never forget how close we came. let us carry 1000 acts of courage in our hearts and act to save our democracy today and every day. >> members of congress sharing their experiences. it is available online. there were several other members who spoke and you can watch all of that live or on tape. you can watch all of that online
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at c-span.org. we are continuing to take your calls as we are reviewing the events that happened today on the first anniversary of the january 6 capital attacks. 202 is the area code. 202-748-8920 if you lived on the eastern time zone. you can also send a text message to this number. 202-748-8903. again, that is for text messages only. you can continue this conversation that we are having on of the first anniversary of january 6 on our social media sites, facebook, twitter, instagram at c-span is our handle. well, back to your calls. mike in parsippany, new jersey. mike, what do you remember about last january 6? and what do you think is the importance of it?
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caller: what i saw it as a bunch of people that got conned by a professional con artist. i thought trump was going to be a good president and everything, but then i realized he was just in it for the money to save his failing company. and what happens is he conned all these people to storming the capital, acting like he was going to go with them. but you notice, he never went near that building. he went back to the white house to watch it on tv. and he suckered all of these people into going in there and possibly getting killed or going to jail for this big lie. the big lie that he didn't want to give up the big money grab. and those republicans, they said the truth when it first happened, because they know what happened. the truth is what happened. they stormed the capital. and they were against it. a couple days go by, and trump starts to call them up and tells them, hey, i am going to rip your spine out, you're going to
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be a little weasel and you're going to do what i tell you to do. and that is what they are doing up. how do they look in the mirror and see themselves in the mirror and say hey, you know, am i a man or am i a weasel? because i am letting this guy con me out of a great job that i have in the senate or the house of congress. i've got this good job, but sooner or later, if you keep backing this con artist up with the lies, you are going to be out of a job. then -- host: do you think that former president trump should be called in front of the january 6 investigation committee? caller: sure, sure, he should be held accountable. if somebody else did that, they would be in jail for starting a riot. he said these people to go do his dirty work for him. host: that was mike in new jersey and this is robert in aurora, indiana. robert, what do you think about january 6. is it a seminal date in american
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history? caller: i watched the whole thing, i do not condone it. but i can tell you, i do this was coming. i am 84 years old. never seen such a corrupt government like we have. both sides. neither side has got any sense about running this country. look at what we got today. all of these riots in these cities, businesses burned down, and police were killed in the cities. when they got to the front door of the people that were supposed to be running this country, they can't stand it. it's trump's fault, it's their fault that they do not do their job. that is what makes me mad. i have spent 84 years working hard in this country. i am in american. my dad, my uncle, my brother served this country and to have garbage like we have got going on right now, all of these democrats want to do is keep trump from running again.
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trump did his job and they never were for him when they got elected. they said it was a corrupt election. look what would got now. host: all right, robert in indiana, think you for your input. david in buena park, california. david, a year ago, january 6, the attack on the capital happened. what do you think? caller: i have been a trump supporter since the 80's. and if people would go back and watch some of the interviews with oprah and others like that, you will see he is a good guide. if you watches a tv show, you will see that he is a straightforward guide. but what really bothers me, you know, i watched the january 6 from the beginning. and what i saw confused me. because i watched every trump rally and i have never seen a trump supporter show up dressed in all black, carrying weapons. and riot gear, helmets, face
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masks, gas masks. these people that showed up in that attire cannot be identified, but the ones that probably came, the true trump supporters that were there to voice their opinions patriotically and peacefully, they are the ones that got snagged. i have seen multiple videos of people with earpieces, people dressed like they work for the government. i am questioning my 14 thousand hours of video are being withheld. i am wondering why all these democrats that are calling in blaming trump for what happened are not blaming nancy pelosi for not calling out the national guard even after repeated requests from trump and other staff members, including mark meadows. there is a lot going on that is wrong here. i did not support what happened on january 6, but if it had not -- you know, you seen video of people just in black changing into trumpcare.
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you can tell the people that were not trump supporters because they were wearing brand-new hats, brand-new flags. trump supporters, you can tell that their equipment and their clothing is worn in because they are longtime supporters. host: david, one of the things that vice president kamala harris said in her speech is that january 6 should be equated with december 7, pearl harbor, and 9/11 attacks. do you agree with that? caller: my late father-in-law was in the navy. he was at pearl harbor. his ship was bombed and he survived. he was invited to the premier as a pearl harbor survivor. i am very disgusted and for all of those people that died during 9/11, the democrats have ought to reconsider their party affiliation. this in capable woman has
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insulted so many people in this nation and if you cannot see how bad things are turned in the last year, you don't want to see it. -- things have turned. host: that is david in california. this is george in idaho. george, police go ahead and tell us what you think about january 6? -- claes go ahead. caller: i watch the complete fiasco and it brought tears to my eyes, but i am calling because of the great question that everyone seems to have on their minds. it is why is the -- why are the sycophants and the republicans who aided and abetted this total taking of the capital on the sixth to overcome the election
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results. the question is why in the first one he four hours, everyone came on, mccarthy came on, putting down the whole idea. but they were so taken back when trump lost the election, they had it in their minds that he was going to be the next president. for the next four years and beyond. so, they had to put on a good show for the first one he four hours, but they are still of a mind to back this man because of the idea that he will be president in 24. host: that is george in idaho. robbie is in lancaster, south carolina. bobby, what do you think of the legacy of january 6, 2021 and maybe some of the events today?
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caller: well, i think that what happened on january 6 was terrible and it upset me greatly. i thought that trump was definitely the instigator of it and the reason why his supporters were a part of it. and that the joe biden did a great job today in his beach and i think that we have to say the truth. -- in his speech. whether it is pretty or not, we have to come to grips with the fact that this was an insurrection and that our democracy is fragile. and we have to do any and everything we can to support the ongoing success of our democracy. host: now, bobby, prior to january 6, 2021 were you a trump supporter, a republican, or anything? caller: no, i was not.
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actually, i am not as political as a lot of the people calling in tonight are. or were. i have always voted for the person and not necessarily the party. and from the day that donald trump was elected, i mean, i was just so upset when he got elected because i could just see what he was. and it just bothers me that still, all of these things have happened. and people still just believe everything he says. and it really just mesmerizes me. to tell the truth. host: all right, bobby. thank you so much for calling in. we appreciate it. leo is important why mimi california. january 6, what are your reflections? caller: it is terrible. i have nothing good to say.
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i have a black cloud over the whole thing. hello? host: yeah, we're listening, leo. claes go ahead. caller: i have been watching this turmoil since trump got in there. every moment of the day, just completely engrossed in politics and the chaos that our country is going through. i think that our congress should take a different attitude toward trump. trump is nothing more than a mobster. he brought a mob mentality to the presidency. he has conducted himself in a way of a mobster. i am afraid our country is going to have another civil war. if you go back, and i did not want to take of all this time, if you go back and you go back to the re-formation of when
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president lincoln tried to get our country back running again. the southern part of our country has never accepted. they have crated their own flag and warship these other flags -- worshiped these other flags. and the generals, the southern generals that did no more than what trump and his cronies have done to our country now. tried to overthrow it and they have tried to take it from a different way. so now, then next plan of theirs , if they cannot take it through the voting process, it will be a civil war. i am confirmed belief in that. they have got their own guns, they have been building their guns up, so if it ever gets to the place to where it is going to be a physical war, they have guns. and they think they have enough guns to out shoot america's artillery.
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host: all right, leo in california. thank you for calling in. there was no official republican response today to the january 6 -- during the january 6 commemorations. in a little while though, we are going to show you a response by two republican numbers of congress, marjorie taylor greene , and matt gaetz, both very strong trump supporters. robert in petersburg, virginia. robert, police go ahead and make your comments about january 6. caller: thank you. well, i am an independent. and i am a patriot. and i tell you, what donald trump did to this country, i think he is a traitor. and i think the congress and the people who are still backing him in the lies that believe everyone can be brainwashed. a lot of americans can, evidently. but i think they all should be charged with treason.
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and the justice department should go in there and do it. i think this will never, ever go away, as long as they can get off. i can't say a whole lot, but i know a lot of people are waiting, so that is my comment. thank you. host: robert, do you think the countries that are politically after a year of the biden administration? caller: no, no i don't. listen, the democrats and the progressives, what they're doing to this country is wrong. there is a lot that needs to be done. what we need and we don't have now is decent human beings to be up there and be politicians. this comes back to when this country was -- when new york and the different groups were doing what they want to get political power. and this country, i doubt if it will ever be the same. host: next call is carlino, beaumont texas. you're on c-span, we want to know what you think about last
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year, last january 6, and where we are today. caller: i will be honest, last year, last january 6, i was in shock, because in my little bubble world, there are certain places that are supposed to be untouchable. it's, for me, it is a symbol. it is like strength. that is our strength. that is where everything happens, it is important to us. a bunch of idiots directed by a manchild totally disrespected everything. not just republican, democrat, whatever. the disrespected our country, above and beyond. there are lines in this world that you never cross and that is one of them. and the fact that i know in my heart trump did this, because he did not get his and i am grateful that
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it got under control. i am devastated that people were injured and lost their lives. it should never have gone that way. host: were you watching all the events today? caller: not all of them. i've had my grandson with me all day so i have had to peek in in and out. host: we are going to continue to play a lot of the events from today, as we go on through the evening. david from winston -- from winston-salem, north carolina. caller: i watched it on tv. it was a horrible thing that happened. i don't think it was all trump supporters that have done this. there were a lot of unidentified people there that have been charged with no crime. the biggest question i have is, the whole time joe biden and kamala harris were campaigning
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that led up to this, when people were rioting, burning buildings down, injuring people, joe biden, kamala harris, nancy pelosi stood up and kept fighting the fight, cap doing what they were doing to get us through. no one is locking those people appear what what happened at the capitol was horrible. i understand that. i agree with that 100%. i don't -- i think it should not have happened. but i also believe that all those folks that lost billions of dollars, buildings burned down, and kamala harris and joe biden and nancy pelosi supported that 100% -- stood on to be while they were campaigning, keep fighting the fight, we can win this, it was all ok then just like now. everything that a democrat does
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is ok. if a republican does anything, it's not ok. donald trump had very unorthodox ways. but the country wasn't 10 times better shape than it is right now under the biden administration. host: that statement in winston-salem, north carolina. matt gaetz represents the district in florida, marjorie taylor greene represents a district in georgia, they are very strong donald trump supporters. they had a press conference late this afternoon to talk about january 6 when your later. here they are -- one year later. here they are.
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>> thank you all for joining us. we request that a larger room, but this was the largest room that we could get from speaker pelosi. it is uncomfortably cramped and not appropriately socially distanced. that was not by her hand. congresswoman greene and i are not here to celebrate january 6. we are not here to obsess about it. but we are here to expose the truth. to ask key questions about what happened on january 6. who animated the violence. the extent to which the federal government may have been involved.
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last year was not an insurrection. no one has been charged with insurrection. no one has been charged with treason. but it very well may have been a fed's direction -- fed surrection. we have sent letter after letter to attorney general garland to get to the bottom of unexplained circumstances, where people on the fbi's most wanted list fall off of that list. the fbi director was asked under oath before the congress about the federal assets and agents that were on the ground january 6. he wouldn't provide clear answers. attorney general garland was asked and the judiciary committee by my colleague about ray. he could've resolved the questions but he declined to do so. it seems that senior officials in our justice department have no problem giving long speeches
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to try to politically target and smear those they disagree with, what they don't answer the questions that can get to the truth of what really happened on january 6. i want to credit the reporting at revolver news for having aggregated a number of the videos that i'm going to go through now. but i think continue to show these two concerns that we have. -- i would ask to show the first clip. >> went into go into the capitol! into the capitol! [shouting] >> tomorrow -- [indiscernible] >> we need to go in. into the capitol. >> we need to go into the capitol. >> monument hell.
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-- hill. >> we are going to the capitol. >> [indiscernible] [shouting] >> this is the very last thing that happens. this is the moment of breach. if you were the committee, what you want to know what he whispered into that individual's ear? here is a moment of breach. that's part of the breach. [shouting] >> i mean, this is just the information that's been pieced together by citizens, by small
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media outlets. imagine if we actually had the powers of the january 6 committee, the powers of the federal government to understand why they are not telling people passionately with later focused at the objective is to enter the u.s. capitol building, then it's not the proud was who and age -- boys who initiate the original breach. ray was on the fbi's list of most wanted individuals. but the day after revolver news publishes an explosive report about steward rhodes, being involved with the oath keepers come all of a sudden ray falls off the lease. we've sent letters asking questions about all that makes minimal circumstance and the fbi and the justice department have
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given us no illuminating information. but it wasn't just ray who appears to be on video animating violence -- please play the next clip. here you have fences being cut, removed by this individual here with a backpack. professionally, not whipped up in the crowd, just taking the fence down. moments ago, congresswoman greene and i went to the specific location outside. and we demonstrated how easy it could have been that an individual might've listened to the president's remarks, arrived at the site, saying that fencing was removed and might've been drawn into a place that they weren't supposed to be in, maybe never intended to be. but the fence cutter, the individual we saw in the last video, nowhere on the fbi's wanted list.
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the committee doesn't want to talk to them. why would that person be doing something that so dramatically impacted the acuity of the criminal conduct and the no consequence? but they weren't alone. in an elevated position, on the top of scaffolding that had been set up for the media for observance of that day, we have some of the -- -- internet has identified a scaffold commander giving persistent instruction to the crowd that had gathered. play the next clip. >> save our country. don't just stand back. [indiscernible] let's go, cowboys.
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>> and the next clip, i believe, is also -- [shouting] [indiscernible shouting] >> we are going to go in the capitol! come on! [indiscernible] climb up over the wall. get on the speaker. >> then the next image. it's not like we don't know who this guy is. the very individual who is directing the crowd to fill the capitol. with persistence, with focus, is this person. i saw recently the federal government has engaged in all type of contracting services with facial recognition companies, and you are telling me they can't find this guy?
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and what they say is the most expensive and comprehensive investigation in america's history? there may be a perfectly good explanation for why these individuals, appearing to act in concert of purpose, have had very bizarre lacking in their interaction with the federal government, but we deserve those answers. and tens of millions of americans should not be targeted and smeared and lied about until we got them -- get them. congresswoman greene and i did not speak at the ellipse this day because she and i had a very specific focus for the debate. congressman jordan was preparing to lead a floor effort where different teams would present affidavits and evidence and legal precedent and would review judicial rulings that we thought missed the point of jurisdiction. we were ready to go make those arguments on the floor. on television.
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for all of america to see as part of our objection to electors from states that we did not believe ran clean elections. we wanted to point out the unilateral changes that occurred in election law that we thought were unconstitutional and illegal. congresswoman greene and i were working together specifically on the state of michigan. so we did not show up on january 6 cheerleading for, hoping for any type of violence or disruption. to the contrary, we wanted to follow the constitutional process to be able to make arguments, and unfortunately, that was the true disruption of what occurred january 6. joe biden's certification still occurred january 6. but we were deprived of the opportunity to make arguments about election integrity to the country. the very same constitutional process that was contemplated when jim mcgovern -- the democrat chairman of the rules committee -- literally got up and objected and 2017 to the state of alabama, a state that donald trump won by over 40
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points. so when they do it, they are making a principal point. when we do it, they try to smear us and tens of millions of americans as insurrectionists. that is where we are here today. because we did not want the republican voice to go unheard and we did not want today's historical narrative to be hijacked and captured by those who were the true insurrectionists. congresswoman greene. >> thank you very much. i think that is an incredible point that congressman gate -- congressman gaetz just made. the republican voice and the republican voter and the trump supporter that has been smeared constantly over this past year, i want you want you all to know that on january 6, i was very upset with what happened that day and it was not because it completely interrupted the work that we had worked very hard on, all throughout christmas, preparing for january 6 two object on behalf of americans
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that felt their votes had been stolen. i think it is important to recognize that our own federal election commission has an error rate that is .0008%. elections are very serious and taken that way by all americans. bernie sanders felt his election was stolen by hillary clinton. don't forget hillary clinton forgot her election was stolen . i will tell you from georgia, stacey abrams still thinks she won an 2018, and she is running again. here are some things we do need to discuss. i'm one of those people and i'm not try to tell you -- i don't trust our government. and that's another reason why i ran for congress. because i felt like it's our government that is screwing everything up for the american people. after what we've seen on january 6 and the videos congressman gaetz just walked through, i can tell you right now i don't trust
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our government even more. when i went through the d.c. jail, i will tell you i did not see, i did not see ray. i didn't see him in there wasting away for months on end, being denied his due process rights, being denied the ability to see his family, getting medical treatments, getting a haircut and shaved, i didn't see him. you know who else i didn't see? i didn't see a man named john sullivan -- who has participated in antifa, blm riots, and the whole entire movement but then all of a sudden decided to be a trump supporter on january 6. the same guy that was in the capitol and filmed a murder and then sold us videos -- his videos to media outlets. he's not in the jail under the warden. i think we have a lot of questions to ask and the people that should be answering the questions is our fbi and department of justice. with the u.s. capitol riot,
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there is over 725 arrests that i know of, and only one case has been dropped. for blm and nt for riots, there were over 16,000 240 arrests and over 90% of those cases have been dropped. what's the difference there? i will tell you. for the blm antifa riots, the victims were the american people and communities and cities all across our country. but on january 6, you know the victim was? the capitol and the members of congress inside. my question is this -- why is this congress obsessed with the self and cares nothing about the american people? this is a two-tiered justice system that should never exist in our country. i'm fed up with it and so are americans all over the country. let's talk a little bit more about the fbi -- they have quite a history of doing things. remember governor whitmer's kidnapping plot? i can tell you we know there
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were 12 fbi informants involved in that group. we don't know how many federal agents were involved. don't forget about the bundy ranch affair. there were 15 fbi informants involved. we don't know how many actual agents. but we can go back further. another example would be 1968, the democratic national convention, there were 10,000 protesters, and one out of six were federal undercover agents. you do the math and that is approximately 1600 federal agents at this protest in 1968 at the democratic national convention. here at the capitol security breach, we don't know how many federal informants, fbi agents, agents of other agencies, we don't know those numbers because we have the january 6 committee that is refusing to ask those serious questions. now, what is our fbi doing? why is the department of justice going along with it?
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i think the question that really should be asked is -- is an informant also involved in making the plans for these types of things and my limbs and the security breach at the capitol? are they just sitting in meetings and listening to plans? are they taking part in planning these things? i think we can see and it is very obvious with the videos that we have just seen today that ray definitely organized and told people to go in and incited people to do the breach of the capitol. yet he has not been charged. so there is a lot to be answered for. now we have christopher wray of the fbi and merrick garland of the department of justice who we see going after everyone involved and they seem to think that this is the biggest investigation that they've ever needed to -- they've ever undertaken in u.s. history. you know what i think needs to be the biggest investigation in the u.s. history?
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is what is going on at the fbi and what is happening in the department of justice. and the american people deserve those answers. because it's the american people and the taxpayers that pay for all of it. i don't want to have anything to do with a government that's going to be so obsessed with overturning regime change in our own country when it should be serving the american people, protecting their constitutional right and individual freedoms. that's not something that should divide people by political parties. not something that should bring people together -- that is something that should bring people together. going forward with the committee, when republicans take back the house, as we are all upset about any type of violence and riots in this country, we should have a january 6 committee that looks for the truth instead of protecting its own and working on its own political goals. when we talk about elections in our country, we need to make sure they are safe and no one's vote gets stolen. and that id is shown to vote and they don't use riots to achieve
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some sort of legislation. because if democrats cared about riots they, would've cared about the antifa blm riots all over the country in 2020. they would've worked hard to demand -- instead they promoted them. while republicans are being attacked and the democrats are attacking people and calling in with subpoenas, subpoenaing phone records and bank records, it is important to point out you haven't seen republicans bailing out rioters. sadly so, hardly any republicans have paid attention to the people that are being held months on end, with no one caring about them, their families being left to defend themselves and pay for attorney bills. they are wasting away in jail.
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i think due process is extremely important. i think our pretrial rights are important for every single person that is charged with crimes in our country. i think it is imperative and it is your responsibility as members of the media to call attention to this because it should never happen to anyone and i don't care what their politics are. with that, we will take a few questions. reporter: did you actually listen to the president's speech this morning? do you reject every single thing the president said? >> i think clearly we are reflecting. this is exactly what we are doing today. we are clearly reflecting. this is all we reflect on. i will go back to why don't we reflect on the rights the american people endured -- riots the american people endured? >> do either of you plan to go?
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if not, why not? >> our plan is to be here with you. our plan is to travel out to the original breach site. we do not have plans this evening for that. reporter: -- the january 6 attack. [indiscernible] can you tell me a little bit about your reaction that you saw the footage, the police officers being assaulted? >> i will say the same thing i've set all year long and the same thing i said starting that day -- it was appalling. i want to know why the national guard was not outside the capitol. i'm furious at that. i want you to know that members of congress and definitely the speaker of the house, she knew there was going to be violence that day. president trump requested the national guard, so did others. they knew things were going to happen but for some reason they thought that objects would look bad, if they had the national
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guard there. as a freshman member of congress only a few days on the job, i'm angry the national guard was not out there and they left the capitol police as sitting ducks to have to deal with all of this. completely wrong. >> i would add to that -- what if those capitol police officers are victims of people like ray? what if they are victims of people like an orchestrated effort -- of the orchestrated effort by the fbi? i would suggest that every officer that was harmed that day would likely be served well by answering his questions met attorney general garland and director wray refused to answer. -- refuse to answer. >> ted cruz said yesterday it was a terror attack. do you agree with them? >> absolutely not. i think he is smart enough to know that no one has been charged with terrorism, just like no one has been charged
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with insurrection. i think that was very irresponsible of him to call them terrorists. i completely disagree. >> the establishment will never love you, ted. you can bend over, bend the knee for them, but they are just not going to love you. that was may be an effort by the good senator, who we agree with on many things, to recast himself in the eyes of some of the folks in your profession. but we didn't find it particularly factual or sincere. reporter: what i heard senator cruz say is and he said the democratic party wants all republicans to be seen as terrorists. that's what i heard, when i spoke to him. i wanted to ask you about the attorney general and a press conference -- they will hold all perpetrators on any level accountable under law whether they were present that day or otherwise criminally responsible. we will follow the facts where they lead. what do you make of that press conference? the attorney general speaking
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out the day before january 6. >> it was very frustrating for me as a member of the judiciary committee. because the attorney general wouldn't answer congressman thomas massey's direct question about where the facts and the law led. we are worried this might not be a crime so much as it is a cover up, in some circumstances as it relates to some people. it is challenging constitutionally to deal with the fact that you may have had the department of justice and fbi assets and then performance really increasing the degree of criminality on this day and who was supposed to look into that. there was likely a time when i believed that the republicans should disband this committee for january 6. but increasingly i'm of the view that we have to convert it to a proper purpose to follow the facts and the law and the department of justice has not been forthcoming one members of
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congress have asked questions under oath. reporter: do you think there would've been no riots, if there were federal officers involved in the crowd? >> i would point you to -- hold on, i would point to the video that we just showed. i would say, take these videos and present them to the skeptics. show them ray at the moment of breach. there was no breach prior to their video that i showed you. that initial video. the moment of breach, you have him a -- him instigating, pushing, describing exactly what should happen. i think the question you ask is the operative question. the january 6 committee seems to be focused on everything else. >> i do not believe there would've been the same level of criminal acuity on january 6 of last year, but for the involvement of the federal government. i don't think there would've been a kidnapping plot of governor whitmer without the involvement of the federal government.
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we are starting to see pattern recognition. the federal government inserts themselves into these organizations through assets, and performance, agents -- performants, agents, and they become the very animators of those events. that seems to be precisely the evidence that i just showed you regarding ray. reporter: your theory of the case is donald trump won the election, they organized the breach to disrupt the results january 6. >> you've imputed a motive, but we still have two investigative. we are calling for republicans to take power and utilize that january 6 committee to answer those questions asked of the motive. in the face of this direct captured evidence, when presented with direct questions under oath, we could obfuscation
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from the attorney general and the fbi director. that is very suspicious for us. we are not ready to try and convict anyone but these are the operative questions. not whether or not there were plotters who to argument -- wanted to formulate an argument for the floor of the house. reporter: -- they all got disrupted because the federal government's intent -- >> the motive may not happen to disrupt the debate but to ensnare targeted political movements. they insert themselves into the people that they thought were agitators, communist, then we saw those actions and federal assets increased suspicion. during the rush or hoax, we saw the fbi not as a victim of lying russians, but actually ceding
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those lies to justify their own actions. you see that through this. this wasn't a one off on january 6. we believe the race a pattern -- we believe there is a pattern and practice of that activity. reporter: [indiscernible] >> i can't answer for them. i think it's important to let them answer that question themselves. unfortunately, republicans don't seem to want to go into the truth like congressman gates and i are. we will not stand here and be light about. that's what's happening. we're watching it all over the news today and we have seen it for the past year. i'm not one that's going to sit there and duck and hide under when the mainstream media and the democrat party want to label
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people and tell lies about us. we are here because we want to get out in front and say that we think there is real questions that do need to be asked. another thing is i will never answer for someone else's motive on what they did january 6 because i have no idea. the only thing we cared about and we are working on was looking into election fraud and we were objecting and worked very hard on the state of michigan on behalf of those people that had signed their names. at risk of perjuring themselves over what they had said. they had seen election fraud. that is extremely important. we are not going to defend people that broke laws on january 6. i certainly don't want to do that. i don't like any riots. i don't care what they are for. what i want to know is, was our government involved and why? why on earth would they do that? if so, there's nothing that needs to be done about it. -- there is something that needs
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to be done about it. reporter: you acknowledged joe biden won the election and is a legitimate precedent -- the legitimate president. >> i think it is clear joe biden is the president. if i'm trying to impeach him, i think it is clear that i think he is the president. he was on january 6 -- his votes were confirmed and he was sworn in later on in january. i think that is a silly question to ask. >> what do you think of president biden's new direct tone -- mr. trump. >> he didn't even say his name. >> donald trump -- he said donald trump and his supporters were holding a dagger to the throat of the democracy
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in the country. what do you say to that? >> we are here to ensure democracy and make sure the apparatus is not abuse and torture and entire political movement of tens and millions of americans. i don't think it was a particularly new tone. it seems like the normal speech anticline for amana decline -- in decline for a man in decline. reporter: [indiscernible] from much of what i've considered. are you worried there are people who don't understand the severity of what happened, with regard to the violence? >> there are a lot of folks that don't understand the severity of what happened particularly it being animated by assets of the federal government. that would be a far greater schedule than anything the democrats talked about or even the republicans have talked about. we have acknowledged from the very beginning that we oppose violence.
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that this was a violent day. that it was not a good day. it is not a day we are celebrating. and we condemn political violence in all its forms,. -- all its forms, full stop. >> when it to release over 14,000 hours of videotape they american taxpayers before. you know who pays for this building? the american taxpayers. they pay for those video surveillance cameras and the on the footage. if there's nothing to hide, release it. we should release all of that video and america can judge for themselves. another thing is, i think we need to remember the violent riota. the over 16,000 riot -- the over 16,000 charges for the blm and antifa riots. what is the riot on january 6 the only thing that rings the discussion? here's something for you all. what if the fbi was involved?
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what if ray, and this man on the scaffolding and john sullivan and other bad actors like them, would've that caused a member of the press to get killed -- what if that had caused a member of the press to get killed? what kind of responsibly would you be placing on the fdr any kind of federal agency if the member -- if a member of the press had been killed that day because of violence that they had caused the action? this is a serious question. you will work here every single day just like we do. you walk these halls. this is the place where you gather information and do your job. so your safety was also at risk that day. if our federal government was involved in doing so, i think that is something that you should be very upset about. >> do you think the man that through the fire
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extinguisher was a federal agent? >> we are not here to litigate any particular case, we are no one's lawyer or advocate. we are here to speak to the conditions that existed on that day. to the civil rights of people who have been deprived access to medical care, religious services. we are not going to get into the facts of any one particular defendant. we have brought video evidence displayed to you and the world. we think those are the specific cases that would warrant the most thorough -- that's what i'm showing you, but you are talking about a case -- >> yes. >> if republicans take back the house, what investigations might you launch involving this or any other sort of related issue? >> we are going to encourage republican leadership to utilize the january 6 committed correctly to answer
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the questions regarding potential federal involvement. that goes to the top of the list. i'm also heartened that congressman jordan has publicly committed to starting and oversight and investigations of committee of the house judiciary committee. i believe that could foster some very productive work, regarding what is happening at the fbi and doj. and perhaps other federal entities that were involved that day. >> you briefly mentioned the leader of the oath keepers. what is your opinion on the oath keepers? >> i think it is something that warrants a good deal of review but it's very suspicious to us that stuart rose is like the forest gump of these situations, he appears in strange circumstances, is involved in organizing activity, then seems to always escape any specific charge or inability -- charge or accountability. it begs the question if he's a federal asset or informant. we would like a direct answer to
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that question. they were part of the same organization. the video is very compelling. we think the roads case also warrants further intake. >> [indiscernible] what's the future look like for those guys? >> i encourage everyone to go to greene.house.gov, that is where you can read the d.c. gel report that we worked hard to get the information out on what is happening. how people's due process rights are being violated. the d.c. jail has quite a history of being a terrible place, treating prisoners badly. well before january 6. pretrial defendants were being held in there. going forward, no one is defending these people. they are languishing in jail. they are waiting -- awaiting their trials. unfortunately, it is a very
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sad case, until more attention is being drawn to it. and until more people care to step in and help. i really honestly hope they do. >> [indiscernible] -- that you've been spreading -- >> i'm familiar with being called a conspiracy theorist. when i was making the claim, often times alone, that it wasn't from colluding with russia, it was in fact the clinton apparatus and the dmc that was colluding with russians to tell lies about trump -- everybody said i was a big conspiracy theorist then, but now we are starting to see that is precisely what happened. and of the ark of the d.c. narrative is first you call me a conspiracy theorist and then months and years later things turned out to be true. because i expected that
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criticism, we brought evidence and video. i would say, send it to the critics. send it to the folks that produce the main media prime time shows. they want to run a whole lot of video from january 6. but i'm willing to bet you won't see these videos around prime time. and they should be. at shows the american people there's a lot more going on in the game you're watching is not the game being played. we will do one more question. >> have a question about president trump. you are making the case that in your words this was a fedsurrection, a federally instigated event. it's not the case that president trump -- outpouring of support from his followers. haven't seen him make the argument that this was federally instigated. >> we are not only limited to the arguments former president trump makes, we are entitled to make our own arguments. >> yes.
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don't think it is one of the other. that is the wrong premise to take here. we were looking forward to president trump's press conference tonight. unfortunately i think he got some bad advice in canceling it. we wish he had done that so people could have asked him questions. just like congressman gaetz said, we are going to be asking our own questions. we don't have to fall in line behind anyone in the type of questions we are asking -- types of questions we are asking. thank you, everyone. host: that was marjorie taylor greene and matt gaetz, two republican members of congress,
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late this afternoon, and their press conference. we have been showing you events from all day long commemoration of the january 6 capital attacks. that was one of the events. coming up, we will show you some historians talking about insurrection and civil war in america and how that may or may not relate to january 6. we will also show you president biden's remarks from this morning at the capitol. that is all coming up. in the meantime, we will continue to take your calls and hear your voices.
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please include your first name and your city. the conversation continues on social media, facebook, twitter, instagram, @cspan's are handled. -- is our handle. there has to be accountability and examples made of donald trump, senators, congressmen, and women and down for the world to see so that any persons or to ever consider trying this again, they will know what the consequences will be. amri in pacoima, california, what is your reaction to this first anniversary of january 6? >> first and foremost, i would like to express my appreciation towards you and c-span for covering this in this kind of
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forum. as far as the events that took place, i am an independent. i'm not siding with either side. from what i see, from my perspective, we need to take into account everything that led up to that date. specifically before covid came. we had the strongest usa ever. hands-down. the economy. the military. everything. employment. then covid came and shut down -- it shut us down and the george floyd situation happened and that was an excuse to use two insurrections. is unfortunate that police brutality does exist in america, but it's a very small percentage in comparison to the majority of police interactions that take place on the daily. many months, people were getting killed, their businesses were being turned down,
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burned -- torn down, burnt. the media did not necessarily cover that. the way i see it is, on election night, they were counting the votes and then they stopped counting. i have never seen that in my lifetime. i'm 45 years old. you usually know who the time the night ends. they stopped counting and in the middle of the night there was a dump that took place that put biden in the lead. that was somewhat suspicious. the problem is that the narrative is recount the votes, but the issue is recounting the same fraudulent ballots doesn't make a difference. we as americans, either side, trump, biden, whatever, we need a national audit to bury the hatchet. if you continue going along this path, it's not going to be good for the country. you have to ask yourself why were these americans upset? look at the year since biden has
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been in office. the socialist agenda. the afghanistan withdrawal. the economy going down. inflation at 6.8% year-over-year. yet you and blame the infusion of cash that we had injected. the policies that were initiated are the term mental to the u.s. sticking solely to the january 6 events, people are passionate about this because they see what prompted for -- president trump did for latino advancement, like advancement, criminal justice reform. emotion is dangerous. we have to think more logically. host: we are going to have to leave it they are, we appreciate you sharing your viewpoint with us from california. shery louden, new hampshire. good evening to you. caller: thank you for taking my call.
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well, my comment about to day, it was like the first anniversary of 9/11. i honestly believe that yes, january 6 is a day that will be etched in everyone's memory, just like september 11th and december 7. i mean, it was surreal. i was sitting here watching it on television. incomplete and total awe of what i was seeing. i could not believe it. i'm a veteran of the u.s. coast guard. although i was discharged years ago. i feel as though my oath never expires.
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i took one to uphold and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. what i saw was nothing less than domestic terrorism. and it was incomprehensible, that it even occurred. as far as the video you just played, i honestly feel that those are the least credible people in the entire capitol building. he is being investigated for sexual whatever with underaged girls. she is not even serving on a committee. and we all know that she discriminates against colleagues who are of various minorities or other religions. everything they were talking
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and that video is just -- it makes no sense. they are talking about the fbi -- the fbi is involved, there's a government cover up. it occurred during trump's wa tch. biden had not been sworn in yet, it occurred on your watch. host: thank you for sharing your viewpoint. peggy of florida. the first anniversary of the january 6 capitol attacks, what are your thoughts? caller: it was a horrible day, for every american. and reliving it -- that day, i set up my tv glued -- sat at my tv glued, traumatized by what was happening. everyone has their opinion about what happened. i just want to say -- i think we should ask ourselves, if the shepherd leads the sheep
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to the cliff and they jump, whose fault is it? the shepherd or the sheep's fault? my question is -- who benefited by what happened? because it seems to me neither side did. and that is what we should all take home with us. we really need to think about that. this is america. we need to come together, as in a country, and figure out what happened that day and make sure it never happens again. host: gordon, wyoming. good evening. caller: good evening. thanks for your service and thanks for c-span. i'm guilty of texting earlier, so if you come across it, ignore it. i and a wyoming republican and a big liz cheney supported. the big reason -- liz cheney
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supporter. i don't consider congressman gates and congresswoman greene official republicans. gosh, where do i start? trump, he needs to go. i voted for him in 2016 when he pulled the troops out of syria. . . i registered as an independent. i've since reregistered as a republican so i can vote for liz cheney in the primaries. and biden, i don't know. anybody who runs for political office should be required to pass an iq test. i consider biden and trump dumb and dumber. biden pulling the troops out of afghanistan was a huge mistake, too. january 6 was a horrible, bizarre spectacle.
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trump himself as a horrible, bizarre spectacle. host: is liz cheney a big topic of conversation out there in wyoming right now? caller: oh, yes, all the local county committees are ganging up against her. but this is the very beginning of 2022. so hopefully we can get many a sea change going back toward her again. i'm hoping dick cheney and some of his buddies will open up a can of wyoming whoop ass on trump and his minions. host: what do you do out in wyoming, gordon? caller: i am a retired coast guard member, a race mountain bikes and do motocross in the summer. host: thanks for calling in. tracy, slidell, louisiana.
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what is your viewpoint about january 6, its impact on our country and our political situation? caller: i really truly believe that our democracy is in jeopardy here. if we would play what mcconnell, mccarthy had to say immediately after that january 6 attack, everybody needs to hear that over and over again, because that was the true way that these people felt. since then, they flipped and now they are trapped and they can't get out of trump's grasp. if the republicans had stayed together when lindsey graham said we had a good run, but i'm done. when he said that.net, if they had stood by that,, they could've gotten out of his grasp. and the matt gaetz/marjorie taylor greene press conference just now, that was an attempt at -- look at this shiny object over here, let's not pay attention to what's really going
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on, let's try to divert. and i agree with the person before, trump was the president during the riots, after george floyd, the fbi was under his control, for them to try to throw this out there and they were -- matt gaetz wants to get to the truth of january 6, then go and testify. don't keep people from testifying. but i am very happy that mike pence, his staff, and those immediately around him are going before the committee. those people need to protect mike pence, and if he was smart, he would go out and say it, too, because his life was also on the line that day and any president who would leave his own vice president out -- hang them out to dry, should never be in office again. host: that is tracy and slidell, louisiana. she brought up mitch mcconnell, the republican leader in the
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senate. he made a statement today. he did not do it on camera. he released the statement. we are going to read it in its entirety. january 6, 2021 was a dark day for congress and our country, the u.s. capitol, the seat of the first branch of our federal government was stormed by criminals who brutalized police officers and used force to try to stop congress from doing its job. this disgraceful scene was antithetical to the rule of law. one year later, i am as grateful as ever for the brave men and women of the u.s. capitol police, who served our institution bravely that they and every day since. i continued to support justice for those who broke the law. as i said yesterday, this is mitch mcconnell speaking, it's been stunning to see some washington democrats try to exploit this anniversary to advance partisan policy goals that long predated this event. it is especially jaw-dropping to hear senate democrats and vote
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them -- the mob's attempt to discard her norms, rules, and institutions themselves. the senate did not bend or break, we stuck together and stood strong, gaveled by gun, and did our job. senators should not be trying to exploit this anniversary to damage the senate in a different way from within. that is mitch mcconnell in a released statement, referring to the senate doing its job. the presidential election was certified on january 6, 2021. at about 4:00 in the morning. linda and carlsbad, california, it is your turn. -- in carlsbad, california, it is your turn. caller: marjorie taylor greene is really funny, we just moved from georgia, and my husband had to register in georgia -- and
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you have to go with your driver's license, a georgia driver's license, your address, and your birth certificate or passport to get a voters id number. you only get one. then you go down and you are in the computer, and you can only vote once. we went to the local ballot place and they ran his driver's license and they said, you already voted. it is a riot that she accepts the bottom of her ballot in georgia, she was legally -- even though the ballots were illegal and her mind, at least she believes and some people believe that, they wanted to throw out the top of the ballot, she wouldn't be there if the ballot had been thrown out. my neighbor brought this up on his own, he says, you know, december 7, november 22nd, 9/11,
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and january 6 are top of my memory for dates now. and it broke my heart. because it broke his heart. it was a really sad day. it was just amazingly horrible. it will always be in grains, no matter how much they downplay it. some people think -- if trump had just stopped the rally, those people would not have been there nosing up to the capitol. they sent the mob to the pillar of our government. the people don't seem to realize the balance is so different from the situation in portland. but anyway --
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host: thank you for calling in this evening. dave from brooksville. the politicians got to feel what thousands of businesses and citizens felt during the rioting and looting. a lot of people were hurt and even killed. was this democracy, where the investigations? i do not condone what happened. bruce from california. caller: how are you doing? host: please go ahead. caller: i would like to say donald trump should never be president again. i -- his kids should not be able to be in any kind of office. it was just a shame, that people thought he was worth doing what he did to the capitol.
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it was unbelievable. i watched on c-span the whole thing. it was unbelievable. i can't believe these republicans, that are public officials, they are elected, they lead this guy. it is just beyond me, beyond belief. thankhost: peter, thank you. happy new year to you too. caller: i definitely agree with that last caller. what we are looking at here, it was an attempted coup. if donald trump would have graciously considered the election when he lost, no proof of any fraud or anything, if he would have just done that, the january 6 riot or insurrection would have never happened. what it comes down to is the
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sense of greed and selfishness and being a poor loser. sports does teach us to be gracious winners and gracious losers. that's life. you don't win all the time, you don't get the promotion he warned, you don't get the job you want, you move on. last thing, regarding the riot, thank god for steve bannon. i think like a network news is entertainment. i get my news from the internet, i go directly to the washington post, i watch fox news, i even watch cnn, but sometimes it is to sensationalized. what i have seen on c-span's actual real footage of this. i just saw the marjorie taylor
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greene press conference and i say, all the footage, is in there thousands of hours? how can it be possible for us to sit down and watch that? i understand you guys are -- the worst of the worst, but i think that is the most significant part of it, the violence, the threats. the one guy punching the cop. i can feel, personally feel the stress were under in that situation, because people say, they used restraints. they had no choice. they would have been overwhelmed. host: alright, steve, thanks for calling in. let's hear from robert in las vegas, you are on c-span. caller: thanks a lot for having me on air. i was listening to the broadcast and it actually channeled the
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truth on both sides. but marjorie taylor greene, i think they have a valid point, there should be an investigation on why wasn't the national guard there? i can't believe people are calling 1/6/21 9/11. that is absolutely crazy. but i appreciate your show. keep it up. host: thank you for calling in. we will continue to take your calls this evening and continue to shady events from today's commemoration on capitol hill. right now, here is a replay of president biden's speech from this morning in statuary hall.
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pres. biden: madame vice president, my fellow americans to state the obvious, one year , ago today in this sacred place, democracy was attacked, simply attacked. the will of the people was under assault. the constitution, our constitution, faced the gravest of threats. outnumbered in the face of the brutal attack, the capitol police, the dc metropolitan police department, the national guard, and other brave law enforcement officials saved the rule of law. our democracy held. we, the people, endured. we, the people, prevailed. for the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the capitol.
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but they failed. they failed. and on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again. i'm speaking to you today from statuary hall in the united states capitol. this is where the house of representatives met for 50 years in the decades leading up to the civil war. on this floor is where a young congressman from illinois, abraham lincoln, sat at 191. above him, above us, over that door, leading into the rotunda is a sculpture depicting cleo, the muse of history. in her hands, an open book in which she records the events taking place in this chamber below.
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cleo stood watch over this hall one year ago today, as she has for more than 200 years. she recorded what took place, the real history, the real facts, the real truth, the facts and the truth that vice president harris just shared and that you and i and the whole world saw with our own eyes. the bible tells us that we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. "we shall know the truth." well, here is the god's truth about january 6th, 2021. close your eyes. go back to that day. what do you see? rioters rampaging, waving for the first time inside this
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capitol, confederate flag that symbolized the cause to destroy america, to rip us apart. even during the civil war, that never ever happened. but it happened here in 2021. what else do you see? a mob breaking windows, kicking in doors, breaching the capitol, american flags on poles being used as weapons, as spears. fire extinguishers being thrown at the heads of police officers. a crowd that professes their love for law enforcement assaulted those police officers, dragged them, sprayed them, stomped on them. over 140 police officers were injured. we all heard the police officers who were there that day testify to what happened. one officer called it “a medieval battle,” and that he was more afraid that day than he was fighting the war in iraq.
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they have repeatedly asked since that day, “how dare anyone, anyone, diminish, belittle or deny the hell they were put through?" we saw it with our own eyes, rioters menaced these halls, threatening the life of the speaker of the house. literally erecting gallows to hang the vice president of the united states of america. but what did we not see? we didn't see a former president who had just rallied the mob to attack sitting in the private dining room off the oval office in the white house, watching it all on television and doing nothing for hours as police were assaulted, lives at risk, the nation's capitol under siege.
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this wasn't a group of tourists. this was an armed insurrection. they weren't looking to uphold the will of the people, they were looking to deny the will of the people. they weren't looking uphold a free and fair election, they were looking to overturn one. they weren't looking to save the cause of america, they were looking to subvert the constitution. this isn't about being bogged down in the past, this is about making sure the past isn't buried. that's the only way forward. joe biden: that's what great nations do. they don't bury the truth. they face up to it. it sounds like a hyperbole, but that's the truth. they face up to it. we are a great nation. my fellow americans, in life
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there's truth, and tragically there are lies. lies conceived and spread for and power. we must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. and here's the truth. the former president of the united states of america has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. he's done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country's interest, than america's interest. and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution. he can accept he lost, even though that's what 93 united states senators, his own attorney general, his own vice president, governors and state officials in every battleground state have all said he lost.
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that's what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward. he has done what no president in american history, the history of this country, has ever, ever done. he refused to accept the results of an election and the will of the american people. while some courageous men and women in the republican party are standing against it, trying to uphold the principle of that party, too many others are transforming that party into something else. they seem no longer to want to be the party of lincoln, eisenhower, reagan, the bushes. but whatever my other disagreements are with republicans who support the role of law and not the rule of a single man, i will always seek
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to work together with them to find shared solutions where it possible. because if we have a shared belief in democracy, then anything is possible. anything. and so at this moment, we must decide what kind of nation are we going to be? 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 the legally expressed will of the people? are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth, but of the shadow of lies? we cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation. the way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it. the big lie being told by the former president and many republicans who fear his wrath is that the insurrection in this country actually took place on election day, november 3, 2020.
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think about that. is that what you thought? is that what you thought when you voted that day? taking part in an insurrection, is that what you thought you were doing? or did you think you were carrying out your highest duty as a citizen and voting? the former president's supporters are trying to rewrite history. they want you to see election day as the day of insurrection. and the riot that took place here on january 6th as a true expression of the will of the people. can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country? to look at america? i cannot. here's the truth. the election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country.
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more of you voted in that election than have ever voted in all of american history. over 150 million americans went to the polls and voted that day. in a pandemic. some at great risk to their lives. they should be applauded, not attacked. right now in state after state, new laws are being written not to protect the vote, but to deny it. not only to suppress the vote, but to subvert it. not to strengthen and protect our democracy, but because the former president lost. instead of looking at the election results in 2020, and saying they need new ideas or better ideas to win more votes, the former president and his supporters have decided the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections. it's wrong, it's undemocratic
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and frankly, it's un-american. the second big lie being told by the former president and his supporters is that the results of the election of 2020 can't be trusted. the truth is that no election, no election in american history has been more closely scrutinized or more carefully counted. every legal challenge questioning the results and every court in this country that could have been made was made and was rejected. often rejected by republican-appointed judges, including judges appointed by the former president himself. from state courts to the united states supreme court. recounts were undertaken in state after state. georgia, georgia counted its results three times with one
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recount by hand. phony partisan audits were undertaken long after the election in several states, none changed the results. and in some of them, the irony is the margin of victory actually grew slightly. so let's speak plainly about what happened in 2020. even before the first ballot was cast, the former president was preemptively so in doubt about the election results. he built his lie over months, wasn't based on any facts. he was just looking for an excuse, a pretext, to cover for the truth. he's not just a former president. he's a defeated, former president.
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defeated by a margin of over 7 million of your votes in a full and free and fair election. there is simply zero proof the election results were inaccurate. in fact, in every venue where evidence had to be produced, an oath to tell the truth had to be taken, the former president failed to make his case. just think about this. the former president and his supporters have never been able to explain how they accept as accurate the other election results that took place on november 3rd. the elections for government, -- for governor, united states senate, house of representatives. elections that close the gap in the house. they challenged none of that. president's name was first. then we went down the line: governor, senators, house representatives. somehow those results are
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accurate on the same ballot but the presidential race was flawed? and on the same ballot? the same day? cast by the same voters? the only difference, the former president didn't lose those races. he just lost the one that was his own. finally, the third big lie being told by a former president and his supporters is that the mob who sought to impose their will through violence are the nation's true patriots. is that what you thought when you looked at the mob ransacking the capitol, destroying property, literally defecating in the hallways, rifling through the desks of senators and representatives, hunting down members of congress? patriots? not in my view. to me, the true patriots were
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the more than 150 americans who peacefully expressed their vote at the ballot box. the election workers who protected the integrity of the vote. and the heroes who defended this capital. you can't love your country only when you win. you can't obey the law only when it's convenient. you can't be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies. those who stormed this capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of america and american democracy. they didn't come here out of patriotism or principle. they came here in rage. not in service of america, but rather in service of one man. those who incited the mob, the real plotters who were desperate to deny the certification of
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this election, defy the will of the voters, but their plot was foiled. congressmen, democrats and republicans stayed. senators, representatives, staff, they finished their work the constitution demanded. they honored their oath to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. look, folks, now it's up to all of us, to we, the people, to stand for the rule of law. to preserve the flame of democracy. to keep the promise of america alive. the promise is at risk targeted by the forces that value brute strength over the sanctity of democracy. fear over hope, personal gain
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over public good. make no mistake about it, we're living at an inflection point in history, both at home and abroad. we're engaged anew in a struggle between democracy and autocracy. between aspirations of the many and the greed of the few, between the people's right of self-determination and self-seeking autocrat. from china to russia and beyond, they're betting that democracies' days are numbered. they actually told me democracy is too slow, too bogged down by division to succeed in today's rapidly changing and complicated world. and they are betting, they're betting america will become more like them and less like us. they're betting that america is a place for the autocrat, the dictator, the strong man.
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i do not believe that. that is not who we are. that is not who we have ever been. and that is not who we should ever, ever be. our founding fathers, as imperfect as they were, set in motion an experiment that changed the world, literally changed the world. here in america, the people would rule. power would be transferred peacefully, never at the tip of a spear or at the barrel of a gun. they committed to paper and idea they couldn't live up to, but an idea that couldn't be constrained. yes, in america, all people are created equal. a rejective view that if you succeed, i fail. if you get ahead, i fall behind.
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if i hold you down, i somehow lift myself up. a former president who lies about this election and the mob that attacked this capitol could not be further away from the core american values. they want to rule or they will ruin. ruin what our country fought for at lexington and concord. at gettysburg and omaha beach. seneca falls, selma, alabama and what we were fighting for, the right to vote. the right to govern ourselves. the right to determine our own destiny. with rights come responsibilities, responsibility to see each other as neighbors. maybe we disagree with that neighbor, but they're not an adversary. responsibility to accept defeat.
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then get back in the arena and try again the next time to make your case. responsibility to see that america is an idea. an idea requires vigilant stewardship. as we stand here today, one year since january 6th, 2021, the lies that drove the anger and madness we saw on 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. some have already made the ultimate sacrifice in this sacred effort. jill and i have mourned police officers in this capital rotunda, not once, but twice in the wake of january sixth. once to honor officer brian
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sicknick who lost his life the day after the attack. and the second time to honor officer billy evans, who lost his life defending this capital -- capitol, as well. you think about the others who lost their lives and were injured, and everyone living with the trauma of that day, from those defending this capital to members of congress and both parties and their staffs, to reporters, cafeteria workers, custodial workers, and their families. don't kid yourself. the pain and scars from that day run deep. we've said it many times, and it is no more true or real when we think about the events of january 6, we are in a battle for the soul of america, a battle that by the grace of god, the goodness, and gracious and
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greatest of this nation, we will win. believe me. i know how difficult democracy is. and i crystal clear about the am threats america faces. but i also know that our darkest days can lead to light and hope from the death and destruction , as the vice president referenced in pearl harbor, came to triumph over the forces of fascism. from the brutality of bloody sunday on the edmund pettus bridge came historic voting rights legislation. so now, let's step up. write the next chapter in american history. where january 6th marks not the end of democracy, but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play.
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i did not seek this fight brought to this capitol one year ago today, but i will not shrink from it either. i will stand in this breach. i will defend this nation and i will allow no one to place a dagger to the throat of democracy. we will make sure the will of the people gets heard, that the ballot prevails, not violence. that authority in this nation will always be peacefully transferred. i believe the power of the presidency and the purpose is to unite this nation, not divide it. to lift us up, not tear us apart. it should be about us, about us, not about me. deep in the heart of america burns a flame lit almost 250 years ago of liberty, freedom and equality. this is not a land of kings or dictators or autocrats. we're a nation of laws, of order, not chaos. of peace, not violence.
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here in america the people rule through the ballot and their will prevails. so let us remember, together we're one nation under god, indivisible. that today, tomorrow and forever at our best, we are the united states of america. god bless you all. may god protect our troops and my god bless those who stand watch over democracy .
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host: that was president biden's from about 9:30 this morning in statuary hall in the capitol. we will continue to bring you the events of today commemorating the january 6 20 21 attack on the capitol, and the certification of the 2020 presidential vote. and we will continue to take your calls. 202-748-8000 in the eastern time zone. 202-748-8001 in the mountain and pacific time zones. . and if you can't get through the phone lines and you want to send a text, 202-748-8903. that is for text messages only. please include your first name and your city if you would. you can also continue the conversation on the seas and and facebook and twitter. we are talking about the first anniversary today of the january
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6 capitol attacks. we are getting your reaction, your memories of watching it a year ago, and we want to hear from you what you think that, political condition of our country is now. chris from texas, what have you heard today, where were you a year ago, what do you think? caller: i was sitting at home and watching it. it is a terrible event in our history of the country, and i hold our history and our government in high regard, but listening to the vice president and the president, they compared it to pearl harbor and 911. it really irks me. i served in the military and also as a firefighter for 13 years. where is the morality and the value of human life when you are comparing those things? our government buildings, they could burn the white house to the ground tomorrow and it still doesn't compare to the lives and husbands that were lost.
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i have to question what the political motivation is when you have the vice president comparing those days? don't get me wrong, it's a terrible thing what happened, we will remember it for years to come, but there is no comparison between those events, in my opinion. host: a lot of the messaging today was about this was an attack on noah democracy. you agree with that? caller: it was, and like i said, i hold that in high regard. it still pains me to hear people compare it to 9/11 in pearl harbor because of the effect it had on people's lives. host: thank you. jacqueline in new jersey. caller: how are you? host: how are you. caller: thank you for c-span, i have been watching for 15 years or so, i don't watch any other news network other than c-span,
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because it is still the people's voice. i thank the president for his message, it was strong and necessary. i would like to simply say that democracy is a fragile thing. every autocracy on the globe was a democracy at one point and it only took one strongman to deny and not accept the election result, and decide to use violence and hold onto power. it took a modern-day pandemic to get trump out of there. more people voted in this election than at any point. when people vote, you cannot use the levers of disenfranchisement to hold onto power. sadly those who are determined to hold onto power learned from that day. we talk about what did we learn? was to dismantle the levers of democracy even more at the state
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level. january 6 has shown that there are some who are willing to do anything to hold onto power. we call that minority rule. that is what they had in south africa. those people represent america, and without gerrymandering and the filibuster, there wouldn't be a 50-50 senate. january 6, they brought the flag of the losers statuary hall, the confederate flag, the trump flag. thank you, officer goodman and the brave capitol police who held the line on january 6. it is not new to some of us, it is new to some people, but not to some of us. regardless of the shamelessness of some, we have to remain optimistic. every day that you live, america is an exercise in hope. may god bless america. thank you.
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host: thank you for calling in, jacqueline. hi, patricia. caller: hello. i am just calling in to say that my husband and i served in the military 11 years. we have seen a lot of things in our lifetime through nixon and everything that we went through that we thought was atrocious than. it does not compare at all to what i have seen in the last year or so. the insurrection just broke my heart, and i am still, like a lot of americans, going through emotional trauma which a lot of people haven't talked about what it is doing to people psychologically now, and the young people in our nation. i have such a concern of what this is doing to them.
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i was a registered republican my entire life, and are the first time, i changed my registration card because of the nonsense that is going on and the lies. we just have to come together somehow as a nation or we are going to destroy ourselves. host: throughout this evening, some callers have compared what happened in the capitol to what was going on last summer in portland and seattle. do you agree with that? caller: i lived here in portland, and i never saw anything happen. but other groups came in. i remember the only time i ever went out politically and protested was back in the days of the chad, and the voting, that was the first big thing i ever saw politically. i got a group of moms together in portland and we went to the
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same place and there was just a few of us. and what showed up? other groups -- the n.r.a. that tried to push us out. they wanted to be there --, and it wasn't even about them. this is what happens when things happen, and that is what happened in portland. every time something happens, groups, and from other areas, and it is just spreading more and more through social media. that has been one of the things that tore our nation down. that we don't have good news like c-span, and lots of people are getting their information that is incorrect and a lie, and they truly believe it. host: patricia, thank you, from portland, oregon. senator rick scott of florida tweeted this -- i look forward
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to seeing, condemning all those who attacked police and looted businesses. we must seek equal justice under the law, but today's democrats want politically motivated justice, which is wrong. susan from texas, good evening. what are your remembrances of january 6? caller: january 6, well, it was a horrible day, of course, but now i feel like after a year, the democrats have used this for their own political agenda, for their reason of getting back at president trump. it all goes to getting back to going against president trump. i feel like they are using this all to go against president trump. and i just feel like, it is all
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democrats for their own agenda, going against trump. host: alright, thank you. wayne, colorado. wayne, you with us? we will try judy, morgantown, west virginia. good evening. what are your thoughts about january 6? caller: i have a question. today, newt gingrich -- he was speaker of the house, and he said today that nancy pelosi is the one in charge of the security for the capitol. but nancy pelosi would not release any correspondence or communications between her and
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the chief over the security guards. i want to know why. why was the national guard not there that trump had ordered them up. it was two or three days prior -- he couldn't order them, he was going to provide them. nancy pelosi never would call them up, they didn't want them there. i don't understand. can anyone answer why was the guard not already there? do you know? host: i will not venture an answer for you, but there are judy's questions regarding very sick. clay from albany, louisiana. what is on your mind when it comes to january 6? caller: well, it is not so much in the details in the details,
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