Jan. 6: Biden to target Trump, say US 'must decide what kind of nation we are going to be'

Jan. 6: Biden to target Trump, say US 'must decide what kind of nation we are going to be'

January 6, 2022

Biden, Harris deliver remarks to mark one year since Jan. 6 assault on US Capitol

President Biden is expected to target former President Donald Trump in his speech marking one year from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and is set to challenge Americans by saying “we must decide what kind of nation we are going to be.” 

The president is set to make remarks Thursday morning from the U.S. Capitol.

Biden, in prepared remarks obtained by Fox News, is set to ask Americans if the United States “will 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?” Biden is set to ask. “Are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth but in the shadow of lies?”

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    President Biden wipes his eyes as Vice President Kamala Harris speaks from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol to mark one year since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington.  (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP)

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    President Biden listens as Vice President Kamala Harris speaks from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol to mark one year since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington.  (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP)

“We cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation,” Biden is expected to say. 

In an effort to look ahead, Biden is expected to say that “The way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it.”

Biden’s remarks come on the one-year mark of the deadly riot, which saw thousands of Trump supporters breach the entrance and flood into the building while Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election results in favor of Biden.

Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer while attempting to force her way into the House chamber. Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old Capitol Police officer was pepper-sprayed during the chaos and died the next day after suffering from two strokes. Three others died of natural causes.

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    A large group of police arrive at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. President Joe Biden and members of Congress are solemnly marking one year since the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    The U.S. Capitol is seen at dawn, one year after the violent Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of then-President Donald Trump who assaulted police and smashed their way into the Congress to interrupt the Electoral College certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House press Secretary Jen Psaki, in previewing the president’s remarks Wednesday, said he would likely call out former President Trump, saying he has “singular responsibility” for the “chaos and carnage” that ensued on Jan. 6. 

“Just as you heard him say on Jan. 6 of last year, I would expect that President Biden will lay out the significance of what happened at the Capitol, and the singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw,” Psaki told reporters on Wednesday.

“He will forcibly push back on the lies spread by the former president – in an attempt to mislead the American people, and his own supporters, as well as distract from his role in what happened – so, he will, of course, speak to the moment, to the importance in history of the peaceful transfer of power, and of what we need to do to protect our own democracy and be forward-looking,” she continued. 

Psaki doubled down, though, in that Biden will “reflect on the role his predecessor had.” 

“President Biden has, of course, spoken repeatedly about how the former president abused his office, undermined the Constitution and ignored his oath to the American people in an effort to amass more power for himself and his allies,” Psaki said. “He sees Jan. 6 as a tragic culmination of what those four years under President Trump did to our country.” 

A year after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, television cameras and video monitors fill Statuary Hall in preparation for news coverage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. 
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Days after the riot, the House of Representatives introduced an Article of Impeachment against Trump saying he “engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” 

The article alleged that before Jan. 6, the joint session of Congress to certify the presidential election results, Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by State or Federal officials.”

The article claimed that before the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress, the president addressed a crowd and reiterated “false claims,” claiming that his remarks “encouraged–and forseeably resulted in–lawless action at the Capitol.” 

The House of Representatives voted on Jan. 13, 2021, to impeach Trump. The Senate, in February 2021, voted in favor of his acquittal.

Trump was the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, and the first president out of office to go through an impeachment proceeding. 

Meanwhile, Psaki added Wednesday that Biden has been “clear-eyed about the threat” that Trump “represents to our democracy” and how he “constantly works to undermine basic American values and the rule of law.” 

Fox News’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report.

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