One year after the riot of Jan. 6, 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris compared the terrible events of that day to 9/11 and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In an address delivered to commemorate the anniversary of a protest in which demonstrators entered the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent the counting of electoral votes, Harris included Jan. 6 as one of three dark days in American history.
“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Harris said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 6, 2021.”
Harris did not include the tragedy of November 7, 1983, in her comments – the date when radical leftists bombed the U.S. Senate in protest of the United States military involvement in Lebanon and Grenada.
“On Jan. 6 we all saw what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful: the lawlessness, the violence, the chaos,” she continued.
Harris added that what happened at the Capitol that day continues to be a threat to American life, stating that “what was at stake then and now is the right to have our future decided the way that the Constitution describes it: by we, the people.”
Harris then questioned whether Jan. 6, 2021, will someday be viewed as the beginning of the end of American democracy, before stressing the need for Congress to pass new voting legislation.
“I wonder, how will Jan. 6 will be remembered in the years ahead? Will it be remembered as a moment that accelerated the unraveling of the oldest, greatest democracy in the world, or a moment when we decided to secure and strengthen our democracy for generations to come?” Harris asked.
“The American spirit is being tested,” she added. “The answer to whether we will meet that test resides where it always has resided in our country: with you.”
Hammer and Nigel respond to the Vice President in the clip below.