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US politics: America marks anniversary of January 6 attacks with speeches and vigils
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Events have been held across the US to mark one year since the January 6 attacks on Capitol Hill.
Relive the moments of the day of commemoration in our blog below.
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By Peter Marsh
It's been wonderful reading all your comments again!
Make sure you come back tomorrow morning for a little bit more January 6 coverage (from yours truly, no less), looking at the future of the man at the centre of it all, Donald Trump.
This is a midterm year, so expect plenty more US politics coverage to come from all of us. See you soon.
By Peter Marsh
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released a poll showing that 3 in 10 Republicans say the January 6 attack was not violent. That's in sharp contrast with other polling that shows around two-thirds of Americans described the day as very or extremely violent, including about 9 in 10 Democrats.
The poll found that the percentage of Americans who blame Trump for the riot has grown slightly over the past year, with 57 per cent saying he bears significant responsibility, up from 50 per cent in the days after the attack.
By Peter Marsh
We're well into the evening now in America folks, and that means we've entered prime time on American cable television. And on one of the highest rated shows (Tucker Carlson Tonight), on one of Amercia's most watched networks (Fox News), this just happened:
This, obviously, misses the significance of what happened by a margin wider than the Potomac River that runs through Washington DC. It's just not credible.
It's a pretty stark display of what I mentioned earlier – where the leading voices in the American conservative movement are minimising, ignoring or creating alternative narratives to what happened on January 6.
By Peter Marsh
By Peter Marsh
By Peter Marsh
I’m an American but I live in Australia and I followed your U.S. election blog all last year. I was on holiday in SA and remember so vividly waking up to this news and feeling completely sick to my stomach. (It hadn’t helped that for the second night in a row I’d woken up at 3am to my friend’s puppy peeing on my bed.)

I can’t really explain how I felt besides sick. Like many Americans, I’d been expecting something dramatic to happen after Trump’s election loss, but I was not prepared for this. To see something so shocking, yet not at all surprising… To be abroad and wonder if you’ll still have a country to go home to… To really not want to go home at all… It’s hard to watch and see no end in sight.

But for now, at least, I’m grateful for my time in Australia, and am thinking of my friends and family back home today and hoping for their safety and happiness. And I’m grateful for this blog, too!
I'll be here for about another hour folks. So if you've got more to share, or more questions to ask me about the year of US politics (or the year ahead) now's the time to hit that comment button and send them my way.
By Peter Marsh
By Peter Marsh
Representative Colin Allred (Democrat, Texas) recalled that he and colleagues on the House floor took off their jackets in expectation of fighting for their lives.
“We were ready to try and defend our colleagues from whatever was going to come through those doors," he said. Allred, 38, is a former NFL linebacker, but no one knew what to expect and finally officers evacuated them.
“As we were exiting the House floor, I saw the glass breaking. I saw the officers staying behind with their guns drawn. And I thought about the opportunity that they had given me,” he said.
Representative Dan Kildee (Democrat, Michigan) recounted lying on the floor of the House gallery and calling his family “to tell them I was safe, even though I was not sure that I was.” 
The five-term House veteran, 63, said his recovery from that day “has not been an easy one.” That was a reference to the trauma he's suffered and the counseling he's received, which he's discussed publicly before. 
“It's been made more painful, however, by that fact that most of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle continue to accommodate that big lie that was the predicate for the attack on our country," he said.
Representative Adam Schiff (Democrat, California) said he wasn’t fully aware of the dangers surrounding him until he was told to get a gas mask.
Schiff recalled how two Republican colleagues approached him as the order came to evacuate the House chamber.
“One of them said, ‘You can’t let them see you. I know these people. I can talk to these people. I can talk my way through these people. You are in a whole different category.’”
By Peter Marsh
Remember when Joe Biden forgiving Kamala Harris for her debate jab and choosing her as his running mate felt like a massive burying of the hatchet? This tops that by some margin.
By Peter Marsh
Trump's former VP has been an interesting character to watch in the year since January 6. He's essentially been cast out of the mainstream Republican party, and some Democrats have hailed him as a hero for his actions on the day.
Politically speaking, he's been very quiet. Which is totally normal for a ex-vice-president. They normally try to stay out of the limelight for a while after leaving office to give the new occupants some clear air. He's made only a handful of public appearances, including one supporting the successful campaign of Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia gubernatorial election.
Earlier today, vice chairwoman of the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection Liz Cheney said she was looking forward to Pence's co-operation with the committee. We don't know exactly what that means, and it's certainly not a confirmation that Pence himself will speak with investigators.
But CNN is reporting that those behind the scenes of the investigation say they're getting "significant cooperation with Team Pence". Obviously Pence has a perspective on the events of January 6 that is unique, and could be crucial as investigators piece together who knew what and when.
By Peter Marsh

By Peter Marsh
How the media (yes, me included) covers events like today has a big impact on how they're perceived, and how they're remembered in the future. So it's worth a peep at how the sprawling US media covered today.
At one point Thursday afternoon, Rep. Adam Kinzinger was on CNN recounting what he was doing a year earlier when the US Capitol was attacked. At the same time, MSNBC was reporting on the Justice Department probe into what led up to the riot.
Over on Fox News, the story was something else entirely. The network, which has a swag of hosts allied with former president Donald Trump, aired video of a painting dog to illustrate a discussion about people maxing out on screen time.
Other conservative networks were also eager Thursday to downplay the insurrection. On Newsmax, Tom Basile said President Joe Biden believes that a country is defined in its worst moments. He said Biden sees everyone involved in the attack as extremists and terrorists, “and I think the American people are going to chafe at that.”
Shortly after, Newsmax brought on Republican representative Andy Biggs to complain about the treatment of people being punished as criminals for their involved in the riot.
Throughout the day, the differing priorities were reflected in the amount of time the story was covered. CNN and MSNBC, for example, spent considerable time airing speeches by Democratic lawmakers about their workplace being under siege. Fox virtually ignored them.
By Peter Marsh
I've brought you a lot of coverage so far of what's happened today. But absent from much of it has been Republican voices. And that's been because most members of America's conservative party chose to stay silent on this day of remembrance.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina acknowledged January 6, 2021, was a "dark day in American history." But he accused Joe Biden of mining it for political gain.
"What brazen politicization of January 6 by President Biden," he tweeted.
CNN reported that no Republicans used an opportunity to speak on the Senate floor about the day.
By Peter Marsh
Keep hitting that comment button folks. It's been great to read your thoughts. Here's some more:
By Peter Marsh
The ABC's North America correspondent Kathryn Diss was in Washington DC on the day of the attacks last year.
And she's spent the last year living and working in America. Ealier this week, she refelcted on what's happened in the year since.
"The insurrection didn't become a moment of truth that helped stitch the fabric of society back together — rather, it frayed the edges," Kathryn writes.
"While it appears unlikely Washington DC will play host to another armed contest in the near future, what's happening at school board meetings is a concern to many"
You can read Kathryn's full reflection here.
By Peter Marsh
By Peter Marsh
In the MUCH sunnier climes of Florida, supporters of the former president are holding what they've dubbed a "Freedom Rally". Like I said earlier, Trump was due to speak here today, but he ended up cancelling. Here's some idea of what it looks like on the ground:
The former president reportedly took a drive by the rally earlier today and gave a thumbs up to the crowd. He was wearing a red cap with MAGA on the front:
By Peter Marsh
She's led a whole program of events today, including testimonials and a minute's silence to remember those who lost their lives in the attack.
"The insurrection was an assault not only on the building, but on the democracy itself, which was which… that day was on the brink of catastrophe," she said.
"Because of the courage of our members, the support of the Capitol Police, the staff, the custodial staff, the insurrection failed. Democracy prevailed, Congress returned to the Capitol that same night to accomplish our purpose to ensure the peaceful transfer of power. One year later, it is essential that we do not allow anyone to rewrite history or whitewash the gravity of what took place. It is our duty to find the facts of Jan. 6th to ensure that such an assault on our democracy cannot happen again and is also our duty to establish and preserve the narrative of that day."
By Peter Marsh
Reuters is reporting that TRUTH Social, Trump's much-promised and long-awaited Twitter alternative, will go live on February 21 according to a listing on the Apple App Store.
Similar to Twitter, the app offers features to follow other people and trending topics, according to demo photos. Its message equivalent of a tweet will be dubbed "truth".
The app's launch will be 13 months after Meta Platforms Inc's Facebook and Twitter banned Trump for encouraging his supporters to participate in the attack on the US Capitol.
For those not super familiar with American holidays….the February 21 date is an interesting choice for the release of the app. It's better known for its regular slot on the calendar as President's Day
By Peter Marsh
January 6 has been described as the biggest crime in American history caught on camera. Thousands of images. Hours and hours of video. Sometimes posted on social media by the perpetrators themselves.
As you can imagine, its been some effort to trawl through all of that and prosecute those resposible.
Buzzfeed's Zoe Tillman has followed all the cases since last year, and her count of the numbers involved is pretty shocking:
And as Tillman points out in her piece today (which is well worth reading), we don't know how many cases are still to come, or who they might involve.
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