President Biden spoke on Thursday, which marked the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. He called out former President Donald Trump and all of his supporters who sought to upend the order of democracy in America.

The deadly insurrection in early Jan 2021, right before Joe Biden was sworn in as America’s next President-elect, resulted in five casualties as a mob of thousands overtook the Capitol building and muddled about until authorities were able to clear the area.

Democratic lawmakers have pushed punishment for Capitol riot offenders for the last year as a major part of their agenda, investigating Donald Trump and his high-profile supporters for inciting violence and threatening to overturn the results of the election by force. In interviews, senators and house democrats described how horrified and shocked they were that day, as they had to evacuate in fear of their lives.

“For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election. He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol,” President Biden said in his speech from the Capitol building. “But they failed. They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”

Though clearly signaling out former President Donald Trump, he never mentioned the real estate mogul by name. “His bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution,’ he continued. “He can’t accept he lost.”

Donald Trump was impeached for the second time in the House of Representatives following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection but was once again acquitted by the Senate. Top aides such as Mark Meadows and Steve Bannon were found in contempt of court of failing to comply with the Senate’s investigation, while prominent rioters, such as the QAnon Shaman, have been given sentences of up to 5 years in jail.

“One year ago today in this sacred place, democracy was attacked — simply attacked,” President Biden said. “The will of the people was under assault, the Constitution — our Constitution — faced the gravest of threats. Outnumbered in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol police, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the National Guard and other brave law enforcement officials saved the rule of law. Our democracy held. We the people endured. We the people prevailed.”

Trump supporters walking around the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, a threat to American democracy that President Biden spoke of on the attack's first anniversary
Trump supporters walking around the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, a threat to American democracy that President Biden spoke of on the attack’s first anniversary. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Vice President Kamala Harris also gave her remarks before President Biden spoke. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to have lawmakers give their testimonials on the House floor following a moment of silence.

“When I meet with young people, they often ask about the state of our democracy. About January 6. What I tell them is: January 6 reflects the dual nature of democracy. Its fragility and its strength,” Harris stated. “You see, the strength of democracy is the rule of law.”

Former President Donald Trump was previously slated to hold a news conference on Jan. 6, as well, but Republican allies and GOP party members urged him to cancel in fear of the backlash right before midterm elections.

Due to the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant and Biden’s inability to pass his Build Back Better agenda, many political analysts believe that the Republicans will make big strides in the 2022 midterms.

Mentioning Jan. 6 briefly in a letter to GOP house members, Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy wrote that, “The actions of that day were lawless and as wrong as wrong can be.”

“Our Capitol should never be compromised and those who broke the law deserve to face legal repercussions and full accountability,” he continued. “Unfortunately, one year later, the majority party seems no closer to answering the central question of how the Capitol was left so unprepared and what must be done to ensure it never happens again. Instead, they are using it as a partisan political weapon to further divide our country.”

Though many lawmakers will not be in attendance due to the House being out of session, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is scheduled to lead a prayer vigil on the Capitol steps at 5:30 p.m. EST.