President Joe Biden will address the nation to mark the second anniversary of the January 6 protest at the Capitol. According to Newsmax, Biden will host a ceremony at the White House’s East Room on Friday.
Biden gave a similar address in 2022 to mark the first anniversary of the January 6 incident. Biden falsely blamed his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, for instigating the protest that saw protestors storm the Capitol.
Biden claimed Trump’s rhetoric was responsible for the protest, which saw Capitol police fatally shoot 36-year-old protester Ashli Babbitt. Biden also accused the thousands of Americans who turned up for the protest in support of President Trump of trying to rewrite history.
Trump hit back at Biden’s claims and labeled them an attempt to distract the American public from his failures.
“Biden, who is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open Borders, corrupt Elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures, used my name today to try to further divide America,” Trump said.
Biden’s decision to host the ceremony comes a few weeks after the highly partisan January 6 committee concluded its investigation into the protest. The committee made four criminal referrals of Trump to the Department of Justice.
Unlike the sham Jan 6 report that focused on partisan politics and political payback, House Republicans released a report today that details how we can ensure another Jan 6 never happens again.https://t.co/39E6C0W8Y6
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) December 21, 2022
The four charges the committee wishes to bring against Trump include conspiracy to defraud the U.S., inciting an insurrection, making a false statement, and obstruction of an official proceeding. The committee also recommended that Congress bars Trump from ever holding office again.
The committee also referred four GOP congressmen to the House ethics committee for disciplinary steps after the lawmakers refused to honor the committee’s subpoenas.
Pelosi's Select Committee has been focused on political theater and posturing.
This report answers what the American people have asked since day one: why the Capitol was so unprepared—and it outlines a plan for a more secure Capitol in the 118th Congress. https://t.co/obJr1UTJuI
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 21, 2022
The four GOP lawmakers include Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ.), Jim Jordan(R-OH), Scott Perry, and then-House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Jordan’s press spokesman, Russell Dye, described the referrals as “just another partisan and political stunt.” Dye accused the committee of blocking GOP representation, altering evidence, and failing to respond to Jordan’s letters expressing concerns surrounding the politicization and legitimacy of the committee’s work.