A year after the Capitol siege, which happened on January 6, 2021, Vice President Kamalaharris said that this day will live on in the memory of many Americans. She even likened it to the dates of Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
In a speech she delivered as a part of the commemoration of the riot’s anniversary, Harris included the said incident as one of the three dark days in the history of America.
“Certain dates echo throughout history,” she said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived 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. Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 6, 2021.”
Harris was the vice president-elect and still a sitting senator at the time. On Thursday, she said the rioters that day intended to attack “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”
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“On Jan. 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,” she went on to say.
Harris then noted that what happened at the Capitol that day continues to be a threat to American life, stating that “what was at stake then and now is the right to have our future decided the way that the Constitution describes it: by we, the people.”
The vice president also mentioned that the events last year reflect the “fragility” and “strength” of the country’s democracy, as the Capitol siege and the challenge to the election failed in the end. She also praised Congress members from both parties who returned following the incident to finish the vote counting for their “resolve” and “loyalty.”
She then questioned if January 6, 2021, will be seen as the start of the end of American democracy someday. Harris then stressed the need for Congress to pass new voting legislation.
“I wonder, how will Jan. 6 will be remembered 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 vice president asked.
“The American spirit is being tested,” Harris went on to say. “The answer to whether we will meet that test resides where it always has resided in our country: with you.”
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