Liz and Dick Cheney join the Democrats to celebrate the anniversary of the January 6th attacks

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, left after participating in a silence to commemorate the attack on the U.S. Congress by supporters of former President Donald on January 6, 2021 Trump’s first anniversary of the building on January 6, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Evelyn Hokstein | Reuters

WASHINGTON-On Thursday, former Vice President Dick Cheney made a sudden visit to the Capitol, and Congressional Democrats solemnly commemorated the first anniversary of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The former vice president told reporters that he supported his daughter, Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, who was the vice chair of the House Special Committee investigating the January 6 attack. But he also wanted to come to Washington to commemorate that dark day.

“This is an important historical event. You can’t overestimate its importance,” Dick Cheney said before he and his daughter entered the House of Representatives for a moment of silence.

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There, it was obvious how many Republicans agreed with the former vice president on the importance of the day: Except for two Cheneys and an aide, every seat in half of the Republican conference hall was empty. .

In the past year, Liz Cheney was willing to condemn former President Donald Trump’s role in inciting a deadly rebellion, and refused to downplay its importance, which made her a pariah in the party.

On Thursday, the Democrats held a full day of events around the Capitol, with Republicans absent.

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No Republican senator participated in the separate commemoration held in the Senate, and Liz Cheney was the only Republican elected member to participate in the morning session of the House of Representatives.

Some Republican senators issued written statements acknowledging the tragedy that occurred that day. Thousands of Trump supporters broke into the Capitol and failed to prevent the Senate from officially proving that President Joe Biden’s efforts to defeat Trump in the election failed. .

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said in a statement: “One year later, knowing that it was Americans who undermined the center of our democracy and hindered the certification of legitimate elections, I still feel sad and anger.”

Utah Senator Mitt Romney issued a statement saying: “We ignore the lessons of January 6 and bear the consequences. Democracy is fragile; without a leader of integrity and character, democracy cannot survive.”

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) leaves the Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the Russell Senate office building in Washington, DC on April 29, 2021.

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Murkowski and Romney were one of seven Republican senators impeached for inciting the attack last year. They were the only senators to make a public statement on Thursday.

The other five people convicted by voting were Susan Collins of Maine, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Pattumi of Pennsylvania, and Bensa of Nebraska. S.

Collins and Cassidy briefly talked about the anniversary of the attack in an interview with local media this week. Sass issued a statement to the Omaha World Herald, emphasizing that the violent attempt to overthrow the 2020 election has failed. Neither Burr nor Toumi did not publicly commemorate the anniversary.

Elsewhere, Republican leaders criticized the Democratic Party for these incidents, claiming that the party used the anniversary as a “political weapon” to attack Republicans.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote in a letter to his caucus earlier this week: “The behavior that day was lawless and wrong.” But he also claimed that the Democrats “take it as Party political weapons to further divide our country”.

On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, former Vice President Dick Cheney (Dick Cheney) watched as his daughter, Congressman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. was sworn in in the House of Representatives.

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For Cheney, who served in the House of Representatives for ten years in the 1980s, most of the fault was the Republican leader.

Dick Cheney said at the Capitol on Thursday: “I am deeply disappointed that the Republican Party does not have better leadership to restore the Constitution.”

Republican leader

Although McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are elected leaders of the Republican Party, Trump, who has no official position, has the greatest power in the Republican caucus.

In the past year, Trump and his close allies have been working hard to create a false alternative to what happened on January 6. In this version, the marchers who bloody assaulted Congress police and demanded that Vice President Mike Pence be hanged were patriots and heroes, not thugs.

On Thursday, Trump responded to this view and issued a series of statements reiterating his false claims on the 2020 election. He lost to Biden by more than 6 million votes.


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