In ceremonies, prayer and a minute of silence: the United States will mark a year for the assault on the Capitol

The U.S. will mark this year a year since former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed Capitol Hill – the worst attack on American democracy since the Civil War.

This coming Thursday, exactly one year after Trump supporters broke into the Congress building in the midst of the process of confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, there will be a series of ceremonies and events. These will include a minute of silence, prayer and testimony from members of Congress on the events of the historic day.

“These events are meant to allow for reflection, remembrance and commitment, in a spirit of unity, patriotism and prayer,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

At the same time, Trump will also try to gain public attention when he enters a press conference designed to bolster his claims that the “election forgery” should be investigated rather than the break-in to Congress. “Remember, the uprising took place on November 3. The protest that took place on January 6 was a completely unarmed protest against the fake election,” Trump declared last month, announcing the planned event.

Surveys leading up to the anniversary have shown how divided the American public is still. According to an ABC News poll, 72% said participants in the onslaught threatened democracy, and 96% of them were polled Democrats. Yet about a quarter claimed that the rioters defended democracy, including about 52 percent of Republican respondents.

A poll by the Washington Post and the University of Maryland found that 40 percent of Republicans justify political violence because of a government violation of individual rights, a possible military coup or the collapse of democracy, compared to 23 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of independents.

Meanwhile, the House Committee of Inquiry into the events of January 6 continues its work. Committee chairmen Democrat Benny Thompson and Republican Liz Cheney said they had evidence that Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter, tried to persuade her father to intervene to stop the congressional onslaught.

By Editor

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