In Washington, D.C., one year ago, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in the wake of the then-president’s Ellipse rally outside the White House, where he questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election.
On Capitol Hill, a series of events organized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will take place after Biden’s January 6 anniversary speech, including a moment of silence on the House floor and testimony from lawmakers about the horrific attack.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, during his speech at Statuary Hall inside the Capitol, “Biden is expected to make clear the importance of what happened on the Capitol and the individual responsibility that President Trump bears for the chaos and massacres we have seen.” During the press conference on Wednesday.
In a preview of the president’s statements, Psaki said Biden “will retract the lie that the former president spread and will try to mislead the American people and their supporters as well as distract attention from his role and what happened.”
The events of the insurgency occurred just two weeks before Biden’s inauguration, and cast a shadow over the administration of the new president. And despite a slew of court cases, failed state election audits, and countless conspiracy allegations, many Trump supporters continued to doubt the legitimacy of Biden’s presidency.
Psaki said Biden would address “silence and complacency” among Republican lawmakers since Jan. 6, as well as voting rights, noting that Trump “has abused his office, undermined the Constitution, and ignored his oath to the American people in an effort to garner more power for himself and his allies.”
Harris expected to say “the rebellion was not just an assault on the Capitol, but an assault on our freedom and our values,” according to a White House official.
“The Vice President will make clear that the American experience is being tested, and that we must work to secure voting rights, ensure free and fair elections, and protect our democracy for future generations. She will also honor the brave men and women of the law,” the official said in a statement. Our democracy, protect the Capitol and save the lives of the people who are there.”
Instead of his Thursday press conference, Trump is expected to voice his grievances at a campaign rally in Arizona next week.
Lawmakers and Historians to Commemorate
At the end of December, Pelosi announced the list of events at the Capitol to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly attack.
At noon, prayer and a minute of silence will be held on the floor of the house. Then a moderated conversation will take place between historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and John Meacham. Pelosi’s letter stated that the discussion would serve to “establish and preserve the January 6 narrative.”
Later, a prayer vigil will be held on the central steps of the Capitol where members of the House and Senate can participate.
While congressional Democrats put out an entire day of events to draw attention to what happened during the rebellion, congressional Republicans, by contrast, seemed reluctant to talk much about it and particularly reluctant to address Trump’s role.
“The actions of that day were lawless and as wrong as they could be. The Capitol should never be compromised, and those who broke the law deserve to face legal repercussions and full accountability,” he wrote.
McCarthy then turned to criticizing the Democrats.
“Unfortunately, one year later, it seems that the majority party has not come close to answering the central question of how to leave the Capitol unprepared and what needs to be done to ensure that this does not happen again. Instead, they are using it as a partisan political weapon in order to “More division in our country.”
CNN’s Phil Mattingly, Melanie Zanona, and Nikki Carvajal contributed to this report.