Jan. 6 anniversary to be marked with speeches, candlelight vigils, competing narratives

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The first anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot will be a solemn day of reflection across Washington on Thursday with press conferences, candlelit vigils and a moment of silence to be held on Capitol Hill.

However, the reflections on the riot and the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob will be mired in partisan politics and competing narratives.


“We’ll see a greater intensity of a framing battle than we’ve really seen since the incident itself,” said Jacob Neiheisel, a political science professor at the University of Buffalo.

The rioters sought to stop Congress from certifying President Biden’s election victory and delivered a seismic shock to Washington, where the party in power keeps a spotlight on events of Jan. 6 and probes whether it was a plot to overthrow the government.

At the Capitol on Thursday, Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will make remarks that are…

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