Republicans Steer Clear Of Events Marking Capitol Riot Anniversary

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WASHINGTON ― Most Republican lawmakers aren’t planning to attend official events marking the anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, one of the darkest days in American democracy.

As with everything in Congress these days, the question of whether to mark the anniversary of an attack on democracy itself is splitting along ideological lines.

Thursday’s commemorative events will feature lawmakers’ testimonials about their experiences that day, a prayer vigil on the steps of the Capitol, and a panel discussion with historians in order to “establish and preserve the narrative” of Jan. 6.

“These events are intended as an observance of reflection, remembrance and recommitment, in a spirit of unity, patriotism and prayerfulness,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a letter to colleagues last week.

The House is still on recess and very few GOP…

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