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but then the four of us got together and said we're going to come back. we're going to count those votes. we're not going to let the violent insurrectionists stop us. and count the votes, we did, until i believe it was 3:00 a.m. the next morning. that was a good moment amitdst lot of bad moments. so now we ask one year later, how shall our country move forward? what are we to say and think and do in response to a day when a sitting american president rather than step down from office unleashed his own supporters to attack the government through mob violence? how can we help those scarred by that day find solace, find healing? how can we make clear to the american people, to the world and even to ourselves that our democracy is still whole?
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first, we must begin by commemorating our emergency responders who have died, whether through complications from injuries or sadly from suicide in the days and months after the violence. brian sicknick of new jersey. leavengood from new jersey. billy evans of massachusetts. geoffrey smith of illinois. and gunther hashida of virginia. today and every day we remember them. we mourn their loss. we honor their limitless heroism in the face of the unthinkable. second, we also thank every single member of the capitol police, the d.c. metro police, and the national guard who kept us safe and prevented a violent riot from turning into something much worse. that afternoon, our capitol
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police were outnumbered, unprepared, and largely left on their own. just watching on television the brutal beating of one of them by the mob, another being crushed between a door and a wall. it just rips your heart apart as you relive that day and you remember how the capitol police suffered but persisted and helped preserve our democracy. when they held the line, our democracy survived, so not only do we thank them but we commit to continue supporting them and fighting for them as they fought to defend this building. finally, the only way we'll truly move forward from january 6th is by speaking truth to power. we cannot avoid it. the truth about what happened that day, about what led to the
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violence, about what it means for our democracy moving forward. i say this because too many often depending on their allegiances seem desperate to sweep the memory of january 6th under the rug. too many are working to rewrite the history of what happened, to down play or excuse or even defend the mob, to excuse an insurrection of this very capitol. too many are hoping the american people will just look away and forget that day ever took place. after all, they say, donald trump is no longer president, right? we can't -- that can't happen. we can't let that happen. we have an obligation not to let that happen because history shows us when you ignore or paint over this kind of violent action, it will recur often in worse form than it had
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originally. that's what history shows. we didn't look away after the attack on pearl harbor. we didn't look away after the attacks on 9/11. they may have been from foreign powers, but we still, just because it was americans who did this, we cannot look away after the attack of january 6th. what we must do instead is stare the truth, however ugly, in the face. the attack of january 6th didn't come out of the blue. it was not an act of god. it was not something that came from foreign soil. it wasn't even just some mere protest that got out of hasn't. no, no, no, no. january 6th was an attempt to reverse, threw violent means, the outcome of a free and fair election, an insurrection. call it what it is, what it was.
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and it was fundamentally rooted in donald trump's big lie that the election of 2020 was illegitimate in deep offense to the peaceful transfer of power. indeed, in deep offense to the very notion of truth itself. and anyone who thinks that the origins of this insurrection are going away should just have listened a few moments ago when donald trump did it again, lying and lying and lying about the election. a clear reminder that the threat he and his lie remain to our nation. alarmingly, alarmingly, many of his supporters quickly embraced the lie in the aftermath of the 2020 election. many of them truly believed and still believe that he won the election and the game was rigged. not a small number. large number of americans.
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you look at the polls, tens of millions. it didn't matter there was no proof to any of these claims. donald trump kept saying it and saying it and saying it again. and he called his supporters to rally here in washington in a ditch effort to stay in power. we all know this. that's what happened. we can't forget it. it was donald trump's big lie that soaked our political landscape in kerosene. it was donald trump's rally on the mall that struck the match. and then came the fire. and pouring gasoline on that fire are many. one branch of our media who spread the big lie then and continue to spread the big lie, even though they know it's false. and millions listen to these people and believe it. here, too, is another terrible
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truth. the disease of the big lie continues to this day. the attacks on our democracy are ongoing. if not by the force of baseball bats and pipe bombs and certainly through a quieter and much more organized effort to subvert democracy from the bottom up. just as the big lie inspired the attack of january 6th, the big lie continues like a disease across state legislatures throughout country where we're seeing the most restrictive voter suppression efforts since jim crow, since jim crow, in 21st century america, turning the clock way back. let's be abundantly clear. these new anti-voter laws are on the books today only because their author cited the big lie, cited the fictitious bugaboo of voter fraud, and are trying to succeed where the insurrection failed. unless we confront the big lie, unless we all do our part to
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fortify and strengthen our democracy, the political violence of january 6th risks becoming not an aberration but, gold forbid, the norm, and we've seen it, too, in the threats against election workers, teachers, school administrators, health care workers. we cannot put our heads in the sand. we cannot brush this over. and what does that mean for the senate? i think we have to talk about the realities here today too. it means we must pass legislation, effective legislation, to defend our democracy, to protect the right to vote. we must pass the john lewis voting rights advancement act and the freedom to vote act so that our country's destiny is determined by the voice of the people and not by the violent whims of lies and even mob rule.
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we must also guard against the false hopes of solutions that don't deal with the problem and try to cover it up or push it away, because people don't want to deal with it. some say the answer lies in doing the bare minimum, like reforming the electoral count act, that my friend, the republican leader, has floated in recent days. let me take this opportunity to make clear that that plan, the mcconnell plan, that's what it is, is unacceptable, unse unacceptably inefficient. scorekeeping matters little if the game is rigged. and as we know too well, state logtds are working day and night to undermine our democratic process from the get-go by empowering partisans to say which ballots count and what do not. what good is it to accurately count a result that's
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compromised from the start? senator mcconnell's plan to reform the electoral count act would do nothing more than codify the vice president's ceremonial role in counting of the electoral college votes, effectively guaranteeing that partisan state legislatures could overturn the elections without fear of recourse. look at what it does. look at what it does. it's a cynical idea. it's an idea to divert attention from the real issue because they don't want to confront the real issue. this cannot be, this should not be about one party versus another. voting rights has always been bipartisan, supported by bush, h.w. and w., supported by reagan, passing this chamber with large votes from both sides of the aisle. that's what always used to happen until the republican party was taken over by donald trump.
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so, it's not about one party versus another. it can't be. it's about one terrible lie against democracy itself, the kind of lie that if let stand both verbally and in action erodes our democracy, erodes our democracy. if the majority of people -- there's already a substantial minority who don't believe our elections are legitimate, aided and egged on by donald trump and right-wing media. what if a majority of this country, because of these pernicious actions, start believing it? a majority of americans don't believe that elections are on the level? just ask yourself what will happen. i can't predict the details, but i can predict that it will diminish the greatness of this
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country in small and even large ways. so we cannot, and this should not be a partisan issue. it's about falsehood versus truth. in the history of this country, we have always disagreed on ideology but never on facts until recently and in such an important area. if lying about results of an election is acceptable, if instigating a mob against the government is considered permissible, if encouraging political violence becomes the norm, it will be open season on this grand democracy, this noble experiment, and everything will be up for grabs by whoever has the biggest clubs, the sharpest spears, the most effective lies. i do not believe that that is
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the ultimate destiny of our country. the mob may be strong, but the counter is stronger, the roots of democracy, the feelings of the american people and the affection and love for this grand noble experiment in democracy is stronger as long as we speak out, as long as we act. the well spring of democracy is deep, and even in the most difficult of times americans have rallied and risen to the occasion. since the early days of our republic, americans launched mighty movements, fought a bloody civil war, and, yes, passed federal election laws and voting rights laws to expand the promise of democracy until there were no more boundaries. we are called on, importuned by the millions who have lost their lives to defend this democracy to defend it once again. i call on all americans,
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democrats, republicans, independents, to rise to the occasion and assure that the mob, the violence, the lies do not win the day. let the anniversary of january 6th forever serve as a reminder that the march to perfect our democracy is never over, that our democracy is a precious, sometimes fragile gift purchased by those who struggled before us, and that all of us now must do our part to keep the american vision going in the present and into the future. somehow in ways i can't predict but i know are true, i am certain that god's mysterious hand will guide us and truth and right will prevail.
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>> we'll pull away from senator chuck schumer on the senate floor right now. hello. i'm kate bolduan. we'll turn to another speech, a historic speech on a historic day. president biden laying the blame squarely on his predecessor today for the violent insurrection on the u.s. capitol that happened a year ago today. biden going further, farther, and harder than he ever has when talking about the horrific day and who is responsible. >> 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 violent mob breached the capitol. but they failed. they failed. on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again. >> and the president didn't stop there. while in statuary hall of the
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u.s. capitol where the rioters ransacked it 12 months ago, biden accused donald trump of putting his bruised ego before country. >> and here's the truth. a former president of the united states of america has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. he's done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interests as more important than his country ice interests, than america's interests, and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution. >> president biden's speech is one of many notable events today to mark one of the darkest days in american history one year since a violent mob of supporters stormed the u.s. capitol in a failed attempt to overturn his election defeat. five people died in the
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aftermath, dozens more were injured. one year since we witnessed the first assault on the seat of america's democracy since the war of 1812, one year since we watched police officers being brutally attacked, one year since we saw lawmakers and stamp hiding in their offices, running from the floor, fearing for their lives, one year since we heard a mob calling for then vice president mike pence to be hanged. images you cannot forget and a troubling reminder of how fragile america's democracy is. let's begin our coverage this hour with cnn's jeremy diamond who's live at the white house for us. jeremy, this speech by president biden was really a remarkable one. what more did joe biden say? >> reporter: yeah, kate. i think this was one of the most powerful and impassioned speeches president biden has given in the nearly one year since he took the oath of office and became president of the united states. the president taking direct aim at the threats posed to democracy and laying that blame for those threats directly at
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the feet of the former president, repeatedly calling out the singular role that president biden believed that the former president played not only in fomenting the insurrection on january 6th but on spreading the lies that have blossomed and mushroomed since then. the president painted a vivid picture of the events on vix and tied them directingly to the former president. listen. >> we saw with our own eyes rioters menace these halls, threatening the life of the speaker to have house, literally erecting gallos to hang the vice president of the united states of america. what did we not see? we didn't see a former president who had just rallied the mob to attack sitting in a private dining room off the oval office in the white house watching it all on television and doing nothing for hours as police were
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assaulted, lives at risk, the nation's capitol under siege. this wasn't a group of tourists. this was an armed insurrection. they weren't looking to uphold the will of the people. they were looking to deny the will of the people. they we they weren't looking to uphold a free and fair election. they were looking to overturn one. they weren't looking to save the cause of america. they were looking to subvert the constitution. this isn't about being bogged down in the past. this is about making sure the past isn't buried. that's the only way forward. that's what great nations do. they don't bury the truth. they face up to it. it sounds like hyperbole, but
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it's the truth. they face up to it. wear great nation. my fellow americans, there's troou truth and tragically lies, lies conceived and spread for profit and power. we must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. he can't accept he lost even though that's what 93 united states senators, his own attorney general, his own vice president, governorings and state officials in every battleground state have all said -- he lost. that's what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward. he's done what no president in american history, the history of this country, has ever, ever done -- he refused to accept the results of an election and the
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will of the american people. and you look at the mob ransacking the capitol, destroying property, literally defecating in the hallway, rifling through the desks of senators and representatives, hunting down members of congress. patriots? not in my view. the true patriots are the american who is peacefully expressed their vote at the ballot box. the election worker who is protected the integrity of the vote. and the heroes who defended this capitol. you can't love your country only when you win. you can't obey the law only when it's convenient. you can't be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies. those who stormed this capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on
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them to do so held a dagger at the throat of america and american democracy. >> reporter: throughout that speech, kate, president biden did not once refer to the former president trump by his name, instead saying "the former president" 16 times throughout that speech, and words that will upset the former president, lost, liar. this is a shift for president biden. he explain wide he did so many such direct temrms when he was asked if you would divide or heal, he said the way you heal, you have to recognize the extent of the wound, you can't pretend, we have to face the truth. all of this speech was a reflection of where things stand in this country and how little has changed in the year since donald trump enthralled his supporters into that january 6th insurrection. kate? >> jeremy, thanks so much. joining me for more is gloria
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borger and susan glasser and presidential history tim naftali. gloria, jeremy laid it out very well, how biden expolitician sitly is putting this on donald trump with a way we have not heard the president really speak. what do you think of what he said? >> well, first of all, i think it was a remarkable speech and i think it is a speech that he gave for history. i think clearly after a year in office and you look back on january 6th till today, donald trump is the major figure in the republican party, the litmus test of the republican party is whether or not you believe that the election was stolen. donald trump is now picking candidates for republican party. he is the leader. and after that year in which joe biden has been president, i think he took this opportunity to come out and say, look, i have to take a stand on this and i am telling you what i believe and what occurred and i am
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telling you that donald trump is a charlatan, he's a loser, he is somebody you should not believe, and this is not the way our democracy works. the people who invaded the capitol are not patriots, they're insurrectionists. and it was a remarkable performance, i think, by joe biden. it was almost as if he was an attorney giving the summation of the past year to a jury and saying i'm going to lay out the facts for you, you decide, guilty, not guilty. this is what occurred, and this is the moment we are in in this country, and you have to start understanding the facts. i believe, however, that the people who are pro trump and who believe that the election was stolen, joe biden will not convince, but i believe that he laid down a mark esche for history in the future. >> susan, i was going to ask you
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about where gloria left off. what do you think his words do? >> well, i mean, look, this is a very powerful speech, a speech in some ways that joe biden was made to give. it plays right to the reason that he ran for president in the first place. he talked about the battle for america when he was candidate. what you don't hear from biden in that speech, because tlhere s no easy answer, how are you going to win the battle for the soul of america? biden essentially is saying unity did not work, and that's why he was so reluctant for the past year to give this speech. you know, fundamentally, we knew but maybe didn't want to accept what we needed to know hours after the rioters were finally thrown out of the capitol, literally stepping over the broken glass and over 140 republican members of congress even then voted not to certify
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biden's legitimate election. and so the surprise in some ways is that we're still being surprised by where the republican party as gone. for biden, that means on giving up on something which is fundamental to him, which is the promise and the idea that you can work together with the other party. and so i think that puts us in a very perilous state frankly. >> a really interesting way of putting it, susan. david, this line will be one of the enduring ones -- you can't love your country only when you win. you can't obey the law only when it is convenient. you can't be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies. who is, do you think, joe biden trying to speak to? and is this about trying to convince people, or is this now about taking them to the mat? i think it's the latter, kate. joe biden is very clear in understanding the polarization of the country. we knows, you know, nearly half the country, this is going to be falling on deaf ears. that doesn't make him shy away
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from the responsibility as the leader of the country to deliver this message. and he did so passionately and strongly. there's no doubt about that. but to me, this speech was so much bigger than just about biden taking on trump and referencing him 16 times. this was an approach to piece by piece dismantle the lie, the lie, of course, that emanated from donald trump but has been embraced by a majority of republicans across this country. and the clear decision on biden's part that the path forward here is to -- you have to defeat -- when he talks about the wounds and he talks about you need to face the facts, i'm not just saying that he's saying that to those who believe in the lie and here's the truth of what happened. he's also facing the facts and the reality in this speech that a majority of one of the two major parties in this country is
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fully bought in to it and he needs to try and chip away at that understanding there's not a bringing together of the minds here. there's going to have to be a defeat of those that subscribe to the lie. and i think joe biden, when you talk to folks in this white house, believes that our democracy is more imperilled today after this last year than it was a year ago on january 6th. >> tim, a lot of ink has been spilled and a lot of time on television spent making clear how fragile democracy is and how this has exposed that fragility. do you think people appreciate that? or do you think most still take it for granted or maybe feel it's out of their hands? >> kates, i'm convinced our fellow americans do not know how fragile our republic is, our democracy. i don't think they understand
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that we went through a near-death experience on january 6th of last year, that what was happening was an attempt to overturn our constitution. that's what was happening. what we didn't follow was the reckoning. we should have had a reckoning. we've had them in the past. we've had these moment where is our country was imperilled, i'm talking about from within, and that has led us to deep thinking and deep efforts to build up the guardrails of our society. it happened in the '70s after the nixon period, and to some extent it happened actually in the second term of george w. bush when congress pushed back and america pushed back on which the way the global war on terror was being fought. we've had moments of reckoning. but what you need for that is two parties that believe reckoning is possible. given that we have a two-party
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system, the fact that one of them will not accept the significance of january 6th is what's putting us in this toxic moment, and that's the reason i believe we are in a more fragile state than we were a year ago. >> yeah. i mean, look, gloria, in some ways, this is less about what biden says today, more about what republican leaders do and say today and tomorrow, because republican leaders are largely intent on avoiding this today. take mitch mcconnell's statement that he put out earlier, called january 6th a disgraceful scene but also went forward to trash democrats, saying, "it's been stunning to see some washington democrats try to exploit this anniversary to advance partisan policy goals." >> well, you know, and this is from the man who went to the senate floor after january 6th and said that the president had provoked it. and i believe -- in fact, i believe he did that during impeachment. and then now, you know, he said,
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well, if donald trump were the nominee, he would support him. so, look, these are republicans now who are still afraid of donald trump. donald trump is still puppeteer in the republican party. he is handpicking candidates that he wants to win in primaries. the litmus test is the 2020 election still for him. do you believe it was rigged and stolen from donald trump? if you believe that, then you're in his good graces and maybe he'll support you. and that support will bring you money, and that support will bring you voters. and so he's still running things a year later. it looked in the immediate aftermath, when lindsey graham went on the floor and said enough is enough, it looked like, well, maybe things would shift. but they haven't shismfted. in fact, donald trump has consolidated his support among fervent republicans, and he runs the party a year later, and that
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is another reason that i think joe biden felt that he had to come out and give this direct speech, challenging the belief that the election was stolen. >> gloria, david, susan, tim, thank you all very much. join jake tapper, anderson cooper for an unprecedented gathering of police, lawmakers, and leaders on this anniversary of the attack. "live from the capitol january 6th: one year later" is at 8:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn tonight. coming up, one of the most remarkable things about this attack was how many video cameras recorded what happened, how much of the reality is viewable, how many angles we can now see of the reality of how violent it was. we'll take you through the time line of the images burned into our collective mmry, images like a d.c. police officer being crushed by a mob. mm. [ clicks tongue ] i don't know.
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>> reporter: then trump proceeded to call out his own vice president. >> and mike pence is going to have to come through us. and if he doesn't, that will be a sad day for our country. >> reporter: he lied about the election and urged his followers to march on the capitol. >> and we fight, we fight like hell, and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: a year on from the january insurrection, we've learned much more about how the day unfolded, who the players were, how they organized, communicated, and attacked the capitol. more video has come out revealing how dangerous it truly was. >> usa! usa! >> reporter: as trump spoke on the ellipse, the first clashes between protesters and police while vice president mike pence made clear he would follow the law and congress started to certify the electoral college vote. it wasn't long before the scene quickly unraveled. >> we have been told by capitol police that the capitol is in lockdown. >> reporter: pence was rushed
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off the senate floor. certify case was halted. >> i can see half a dozen protesters, scaling, literally climbing the walls of the capitol to get up to where their fellow protesters are. >> reporter: rioters smashed windows, broke down doors, and rushed into the hallways. >> hang mike pence! >> reporter: officer eugene goodman led the mob away from the senate chamber where pence was located after finding him. lawmakers like senator mitt romney ran from the advancing crowd. others inside the house chamber took cover, the doors barricaded, police officers' guns drawn. the day's first fatality came when insurrectionists tried to break through the speaker's lo lobby. rioter ashli babbitt was shot by an officer and died from her wounds.
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outside, our cnn team was moving to the north side of the capitol when we were attacked. >> fuck cnn! get out! >> reporter: we tried to get out as quickly as possible. >> who are you with? >> there's more of us than you! there's more of us than you! >> reporter: we were physically unharmed, others not as lucky. when rioters poured into a tunnel blocked by police, they sprayed officers with pepper spray before dragging out a d.c. police officer, tasing him and beating him with a flagpole. >> they were screaming out, "kill him with his own gun." i remember yelling out that itch kids. >> reporter: officer daniel hodges was pinned down from a crush of bodies.
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>> ripping my mask off. he was able to rip away my bay toton and beat me with it. he was practically foaming at the mouth. >> reporter: we now know that as the rampage spiraled out of control, trump sat for hours watching it all on tv before issuing a tepid message to his followers. >> go home. we love you. you're very special. but go home and go home in peace. >> a curfew will go into effect around an hour's time. there is no indication right now that these protesters have any inclination of going anywhere. there's no indication that they had heard the message from the president to go home. >> reporter: they weren't done yet, descending on a press area, destroying equipment, and talking about killing journalists.
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with night falling, rein reinforcement finally arrived to flush out the rioters. >> wolf, we are on the western side of the capitol. you can hear a flashbang presumably from this police force that has just moved in. what you're looking at now is metropolitan police from washington, d.c., who, just before this 6:00 p.m. curfew, have moved in here to push out the rioters. they have been shouting "move back" at this crowd of hundreds if not more trump supporters on the western side of the capitol building. >> reporter: many felt victorious, their message heard. several dozen were arrested, by hundreds more slipped into the night away from the police. a relatively quiet end to one of the most dramatic and dark days in american history. kate, in the days that followed the insurrection, the fbi launched what would become its biggest investigation ever.
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to date, according to the department of justice, more than 725 people involved in the insurrection have been arrested or charged -- and charged, i should say, and the select committee up here on capitol hill for january 6th has issued 52 sps. of course, some of those sps have been defied, most notably by the former chief of staff, mark meadows, and steve bannon, former cheech strategist at the white house. bannon has been indicted on contempt of congress, and mark meadows had been referred to the doj. >> alex marquardt, thank you so much. members of congress are all witnesses to those historic crimes of the insurrection, many forced to take cover, put on gas masks as the house chamber was under attack by fem low americans that day. my next guest was one of those lawmakers in the house gallery and writing recently she will never forget the sound of the pounding on the house chamber doors. she then became a house impeachment manager who made the case that donald trump incited,
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fueled, and did nothing to stop that attack. joining me is madeleine dean of pennsylvania. thanks for being here, congresswoman. you said recently, "a year ago i believed the attack on the cathedral of our democracy would expose the dangers of anti-democratic laws of a stolen election. as well as the freshs fragility of a republic. i hoped it would pull us together as a people. i was wrong." what do you do knowing that democracy is at greater risk today than it was one year ago? >> well, thank you for having me, kate. i'm here because i wouldn't want to be anywhere else. i want to make sure that we remember this day, we reflect upon this day, and that we recommit ourselves to our democracy because of the very lies that stormed the capitol literally one year ago today still threaten our democracy. that's why i was particularly pleased to hear the powerful speech of president biden with
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clarity, pointing out the danger to our democracy through lies. he even quoted the bible saying the truth shall set us free. i think we have to commit ourselves, every single one of us, not just elected officials but people in the media. every single citizen has to commit ourselves to the protection and the lifting up of our precious democracy. >> i want to play for your something former d.c. metro police officer mike pa known said just today. he is one of the officers brutally attacked during the insurrection, tased so many times that he suffered a heart attack in the midst of it. let me play this. >> a year out and i'm just angry. i mean, i went through the whole rolodex of emotions. now i'm just angry. and i would ask anybody who doubts the reality of january 6th to question your own motivations behind that.
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>> you say we need to recommit ourselves to stand up against this violence. but we know 40% in a new poll believe now that political violence -- 40% of republicans in a new poll believe that political violence is acceptable and justified. what do you do with that? >> i happen to know officer f finone. he's an extraordinary hero. i want to remember all the capitol police and the custodians, the architects and the courage and the duty they felt. what we do with that is mark this day historically. i'm with that officer. i share that sentiment of anger. what in god's name are we doing to move our country forward, to protect it for the next generation and for generations after that? i was thinking of justice brennan, who said we have to defend our constitution if it is to endure. we have to have the fidelity to
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live by it. so i'm calling upon every citizen right alongside him to find the fidelity, the faithfulness to the constitution, not faithfulness to pursuit of power, not faithfulness to a single failed president, but a faithfulness to this experiment in democracy, because we learned the hardest way as one of your guests said, a near-death experience for our democracy, we learned the very hardest way one year ago that our democracy is not guaranteed to us. it is not like this stone pillar. it's precious. it's fragile. it's up to us. >> according to a tally by "the washington post," at least 163 republicans who have embraced donald trump's election lie that incited the insurrection, they are running -- 163 of them are running for statewide positions that would give them authority over how elections are run. this is candidates for governor,
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senate, even secretaries of state. what does that mean to you in the face of all of this, and what does that mean for the future of elections very viscerally? >> oh, it's very cynical. it's very corrupt. but i believe the american public and those who vote are smarter than that. i ask the american citizenry to turn away such politicians who are more faithful to a litmus test of a big lie, a big lie that literally tore away at our democracy, that literally took lives and wounded many people, traumatized thousands of others. i call upon the citizens to educate ourselves to the truth because only by voting based on the truth will we put in power elected officials who have their precious right to vote in their hands. i'm reminded of a movie that i love, and in that movie the president says that america is tough, america is advanced citizenship.
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we are in a moment of advanced citizenship. it is upon every single one of us to reject the sea of lies that the former president set out on this capitol and set out across this nation. >> congresswoman mad lean dean, thanks for your team. >> thank you very much. coming up for us, the house will be holding a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary, one year since the deadly insurrection. we're going to bring that to you live when it happens. but first, amidst the violence, there were so many acts of heroism like capitol police officer eugene goodman, whose bravery in the face of the lie v rioters is an enduring image. he directed senator mitt romney away from the rioters who breached the capitol. we salute him and all the officers who defended the capitol on this day. we'll be right back. with apple carplay support. get 2.49% apr financing on the 2022 gx 460.
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month. nearly 120,000 americans are sick enough of covid to meet hospital care. l. that number is meeting an all time high of the pandemic this comes at a moment the cdc is facing a credibility crisis, how to handle the important miamiing of the evolving guidelines how to safely live and work. joining me now, chief correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. first on the cdc's messaging problem, you called them out for missing the mark. talk to me what you see, what are the biggest missteps? >> keep in mind, this is against the backdrop of rapidly growing case numbers in the country and more hospitalizations we have been talking about for some time. we're in the middle of this viral storm, trying to bring the numbers down. there was three things. the big question is hundreds of thousands of people are going to be in isolation and quarantine
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as a result of what we are seeing right now, the numbers you just showed on the screen. what are they to do is the question? when can they feel fine and come out of isolation and not be a list to number, five days picked by the cdc when it might be safe. can i show you, kate, if we have the graphic. if you look from day 10 to day zero, for example, the question is, how likely are you still to be contagious at day five? it's about a third of people will still be contagious at day five. that's the first thing. why day five? a third of people may be contagious. second of all, no tests required at that point, will they still be contagious in the third thing is the cdc is relying on three ply cloth masks, which may have been effective earlier, this omicron so easily transmits you need the higher filtration quality masks like the n-95 or
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kn-95 masks. they should be promoting that. i think the numbers will come down eventually. it's a question of how quickly we can bring them down, no strategies need to be employed. >> are you concerned this new cdc guidance saying you can take a test or not, you know, after five day, that it will effectively just discourage americans from testing? >> yeah. i do. i think it will sort of create the lines that we have already seen. people who are really serious about this and have been you know very careful throughout, they're likely to test, to look at the results of the tests and follow the guidance, which is to stay in isolation if you follow the tests. if it's optional, people don't want to stay in isolation, i think it will minimize the value of the tests. quickly, kate, let me reiterate. this is something you and i have talk about. two different types of tests, cr
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tests, the gold standard, it will find remnants of virus. you could still be positive long after you are no longer contagious. the rapid antigen tests people often take at home, those are the ones more likely to answer the questions people are asking. am i still contagious? that's the answer that a lot of people are wanting. they feel fine, but they want to know if they're still contagious in the cdc should be promoting those types of tests. they talked about 500 million of these tests going out. we need them, more than that ultimately, but that would be a start. >> what is the latest that you know? what itself the best understanding right now about how good these tests are when you are talking about pcrs and antigen tests, how good they are at detecting the omicron variant? >> yes, this is a fundamental point. i think, first of all, omicron may be a little different. so the sensitivity of these tests may go down a bit. but regardless, you know, is it possible someone could test
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positive on a pcr test and negative on an antigen test? yes. the reason being the antigen test is more likely to be contagious with a virus in your nose and mouth? it depends on the question you are asking. if the question is, do i have a virus at all in my body? pcr test is the one for you? if the question is, am i contagious? then the antigen test. it's a little newspapersed point, kate, i think it's good if you can understand that. >> nuance, it's good for everyone. good to see you, thank you so much. let's turn to this, for the second day in a row, the nation's third largest public school district cancelled classes altogether, leaving hundreds of thousands of students and parents in little bomb. it comes after the district failed to reach an agreement yet again on wednesday. the union is refused to show up for in-person work amid the
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omicron surges even though district leaders incyst that it is safe for teachers and students in schools. there is also this i want to bring to you. tennis champ novak djokovic we mains in immigration detention after they appeal staustralia's visa. djokovic is the number one title in the world. the australian government won't let him enter saying that he doesn't have a valg i'id medica ch c exemption, that he thought he did. the prime minister tweeted this, rules are rules when it comes to our borders. no one is above the law. he said he is personally opposed to vaccination and has slammed vaccine mandates. we're going to get to all of those headlines, the covid
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headlines and also a continued special focus today on the one-year anniversary of the violent and deadly attack on the u.s. capitol. cnn special coverage continues right now on "inside politics" with john king. . hello, everybody. welcome to a special edition of "inside politics." speaker nancy pelosi is about to gavel congress into session and lead a national moment of silence. that pause, of course, to remember run year ago, to remember the violent attack on the federal government by trump supporters determined to deny the will of the people. it was at this hour one year ago the former president lit the fuse. folks, fight like hell trump told his supporters down the street. we will never concede. an hour later the perimeter of
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the capitol was overrun. police were beaten and battered trying to stop the siege. an awful deliberate silence from the then president of the united states. today, it is important to speak clearly. there is no disputing what happened that day. our curfew was attacked by its own citizens with the blessing of the president. we witnessed amazing heroism from outnumbered police officer who's tried to hold the line and as we pay tribute to those heroes today, we must also call out the continued lies and cowardice of those who want you to forget ore minimize or whitewash what you saw with your own eyes. most republicans are not in washington today, choosing to hide from history. donald trump remains their leader, which speaks volumes. this morning, president biden says how we choose to remember the insurrection will reveal who we really are. >> so at this moment, we must decide, what kind of nation are
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we going to be? are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? or are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth but in the shadow of lies? we cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation. the way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it. >> powerful words from the president as we wait to hear from the speaker in a moment of silence. i am joined by dana bash and manu raju. you were inside the building on that day? >> we didn't realize how much danger we were in. i will not forget when the insurance re insurrectionists, they were in disbelief, aghast how it
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happened, how quickly that moment of unity quickly vanished. >> you were saying hello to the police officers. they tried, valiantly, desperately with the help of metropolitan police officers to hold the line that day. >> it's kind of -- i didn't expect it when i cam up here. you live with it every day. you walk these halls every day. to be here one year later, there is a heavy sense of trauma in the air. it's palpable. it's really almost hard to describe. we do that for a living. >> right. >> i felt it just the minute i got out of the car, also in talking to the officers who are behind us right now, one after another having trying hard not to have tears in their eyes. one told me he couldn't sleep last night because the images of people scaling the walls of the capitol were, are indelible in his mind and he just can't get over it. another saying, you know, a year ago today, in just a couple of

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