On Wednesday, President Biden addressed a joint session of Congress to mark his administration’s first 100 days. He began his speech with several remarks, one of which sparked outrage.
“I took the oath of office—lifted my hand off our family Bible—and inherited a nation in crisis,” the President said. He continued to list the crisis that America faces, which are waiting in his administration’s hands to tackle.
“The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Biden remarked, then came the controversial comparison:
“The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War,” he said, referring to the Capitol Riot in January.
The chaos that overtook the U.S. Capitol and resulted in the death of five at the beginning of 2021 has been labeled “insurrection” by the Biden administration. It erupted when former President Trump’s supporters were agitated about having the November election stolen from him amid numerous claims of fraud.
However, subsequent reports hinted that the attack was exaggerated. TheGateWay Pundit reiterated several facts related to that day, including unarmed demonstrators, a prior request to maintain a peaceful protest from then President Trump, and that no weapons were seized from Trump protesters, and that police waved many of the demonstrators into the Capitol Hill building.
Furthermore, in February, John Sullivan, an extremist member of the violent Marxist group Antifa, was exposed as acting on behalf of CNN and NBC when he entered the Capitol. He filmed himself saying, “we gonna burn this,” while posing as a protester at the scene. We can guess the purpose of Sullivan’s paid action.
Most critics would disagree that the January chaos was the worst attack on American democracy.
Prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald also had a long list of terrible attacks that America had endured.
“Jan. 6 was worse than 9/11? Or Pearl Harbor? Or the Oklahoma City bombing? Or the dismantling of civil liberties in the name of the Cold War and War on Terror? Or the mass surveillance program secretly and illegally implemented by NSA aimed at U.S. citizens?” Greenwald tweeted.
“How about the War on Drugs, mass incarceration and Jim Crow?” Greenwald proceeded about the attacks on democracy, which he said was “endless.” “The assassination of JFK? The interference in domestic politics by the CIA?”
“Yes, the January 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol building, often alluded to as an “insurrection,” was an embarrassing day for our country. But to suggest that it was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War” is disingenuous at best,” wrote journalist Siraj Hashmi, co-host of Habibi Bros and creator of the List on outsidevoices.
While Hashmi also pointed to the 9/11 terrorist attack relegates the Capitol riot to the level of a nuisance, he listed the assassinations that targeted four U.S. presidents, including Lincoln in 1865, Garfield in 1881, McKinley in 1901, and Kennedy in 1963, together with the failed attempts of presidents Roosevelt in 1912 and Reagan in 1981.
The “six attacks on the duly elected leaders of the people of the United States”, according to Hashmi, left deep imprints not only in the U.S democracy but also “has lasting effects for the rest of the world.”
Hashmi argued that the definition of an attack on U.S democracy should be altered if it were to agree with President Biden’s Wednesday statement.
“Attacks on our democracy aren’t just reserved for storming the U.S. Capitol and targeting U.S. lawmakers with historically low approval ratings. If that’s the case, that a certain set of rules only applies to the political elite and not the people, then it’s safe to say that we do not truly live in a democracy.”
Watch Biden’s speech:
PRES. BIDEN: "[I] inherited a nation in crisis….The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.
Now—after just 100 days—I can report to the nation: America is on the move again." pic.twitter.com/b8p420Vu3v
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 29, 2021