Truth matters. What happened on January 6 should not be forgotten

A year ago, rioters broke barricades, attacked police and broke into the US Capitol. this was it not peaceful Display.

They went to the Capitol at the request of Donald Trump, who insisted- Liar – That he won the 2020 presidential election. The rebellion was not organized by FBI,

One of the rioters was fatally shot by police as he tried to breach the last line of defense in the speaker’s lobby, where Congress members and staff were sheltered. She not innocent victim,

Right-wing political spin and conspiracy theories over the past year have aimed to undermine the truth, divert attention from the magnitude of the threat to our elected representatives as they sought refuge in the bastion of our democracy, and to flee. were forced to.

The lie is an attempt to rewrite history—to ignore it, even though rioters were sabotaging the Capitol, Trump was still trying to pressure his vice president. Tweets To prevent authentication of the election.

False political propaganda and lies are not new to this country. What is different now is the rise of cable networks ready to perpetuate those lies, social media that acts as a megaphone for misinformation, and Republican leaders who echo myths.

For their part, Americans have retrained their silos of information – turning to sources that only reinforce their political stances.

Result: Only half the country recognizes the January 6 uprising as a threat to our democracy, which, according to one. NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Polling, The other half see it as a protected political demonstration or simply an unfortunate past event.

Furthermore, a third of the nation, including 71% of Republicans, consider Joe Biden’s election victory illegitimate, according to a recent UMass Amherst Pole, even though analyzes have repeatedly shown that there is no proof that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race.

When truth doesn’t matter, when exact history doesn’t matter, our democracy is in danger. When social media platforms – especially Facebook – refuse to acknowledge their role in spreading misinformation, with little hope that they will fix it – and our democracy is at greater risk.

And when officials elected for partisan purposes – and to appease Trump’s arrogance or stifle his threats – instead of burying their heads in the sand, investigate what really happened in the weeks to come, and January 6, 2021 To, we remain vulnerable to another rebellion – or worse.

What happened that day should never be forgotten or swept under the rug. Luckily, over 700 people He has been arrested for his role in the attack on the Capitol. But it is unclear whether the primary instigators, starting with Trump and members of his internal political circle, will be held accountable.

In Congress, finding out the truth has turned into a partisan war with Democrats pushing further to expose what happened and most members of the GOP trying to put the event that followed them for Trump. It was so embarrassing.

some congressional republicans, especially Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, admits that something bigger than partisan politics is at stake and is willing to risk her career to help tell the full story of Jan.

Meanwhile, most of his GOP allies have developed politically convenient amnesia.

Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher, taking refuge in his office during the rebellion, tweeted a video Trump saying that it was the price of telling people he could reverse the election. Gallagher told the president, “This is the complete Banana Republic crap we’re seeing right now.” “You have to stop it. You’re the only person who can stop it. Shut it down. The election is over.”

Gallagher later voted against Establishment of an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack.

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Trump “practically and morally responsible” for the riot. But McConnell blocked the establishment of an independent commission, prompting the House to create the current select committee.