Speaker Pelosi plans day of ‘solemn observance’ to remember the Capitol riot

Conservative critics complain that many Democrats appear to have become obsessed with the Capitol riot, even though nearly a year has passed since the event. A recent decision by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will likely cause those complaints to grow louder.

The Washington Examiner reports that Pelosi is planning to remember the disturbance with a commemorative event, in the form of a “solemn observance” of remembrance. 

“Already, preparations are underway for a full program of events, including a discussion among historians about the narrative of that day; an opportunity for Members to share their experiences and reflections from that day; and a prayerful vigil in the evening,” the speaker indicated in a letter.

“All events will be live-streamed, so that Members can watch and participate from their districts. As always, we will continue to work with the House Historian to establish and preserve our records in this regard,” she added.

The White House, too?

Meanwhile, The Hill reported last week that the White House has announced plans to hold a Jan. 6 commemoration ceremony of its own.

White House Press Secretary Jens Psaki confirmed during a briefing last Tuesday that an event was being arranged, but she offered little in the way of specifics.

“I don’t have anything to report to you at this point in time about our plans,” Psaki said. “Jan. 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy.”

She added: “It was a day when our nation’s capital was under attack and I think there’s no question you’ll see us commemorate that day.”

According to Fox News, former President Trump released a statement Tuesday announcing that he will hold a news conference on Jan. 6 at his Mar-a-Lago-based Florida resort.

What about riot victims?

Interestingly, neither the White House nor Democrats on Capitol Hill formally commemorated the hundreds of destructive and deadly riots that were associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement over the summer of 2020, despite the riots resulting in many more deaths than what occurred on Jan. 6 in Washington D.C, as Fox noted.

One of those who lost their lives was former St. Louis police officer David Dorn. Dorn was murdered on June 2, 2020 while protecting a local business belonging to his friend.

His widow, Ann Marie Dorn, was invited to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention where she recalled the “horror” of her husband’s death.

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