President Biden will “speak to the truth of what happened” on Jan. 6, 2021 when he delivers remarks inside the US Capitol building on the first anniversary of its assault on Thursday, the White House says.
He’ll address the day’s historic significance and reflect on what it means for the country a year later.
“On Thursday the President is going to speak to the truth of what happened, not the lies that some have spread since, and the peril posed to the rule of law and our system of democratic governance,” press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
The President also intends to honor heroes who helped protect the Capitol and discuss steps still needed to protect democracy.
“He will also speak to the work we still need to do to secure and strengthen our democracy and our institutions to reject the hatred and lies we saw on January 6 and to united our country,” Psaki said.
More on today’s events: Biden’s Thursday morning address will kick off a planned day of events at the Capitol meant to mark the year since insurrectionists breached the building. Their goal was to interrupt a certification of Biden’s victory.
At the time, Biden called the riot “an unprecedented assault on our democracy and an attempt to subvert our Constitution and interfere with the peaceful transfer of power.”
A year later, Biden plans to reflect on what the event meant and where it fits within the history of the country.
He’ll also “commemorate the heroes of Jan. 6, especially the men and women of law enforcement who fought to uphold the constitution and protect the Capitol and the lives of the people who were there,” Psaki said. Because of their efforts, our democracy withstood an attack from a mob and the will of more than 150 million people who voted in the president election was ultimately registered by Congress.”