‘January 6 Wasn’t a Peaceful March’: Biden Tells City Hall ‘I Don’t Care If You Think I’m Reincarnated’ As He Demands Congress To Investigate Capitol Riots
- President urges Democrats and Republicans to cooperate on riot investigation committee amid partisan bickering
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismisses two hopeful GOPs from a panel to investigate US Capitol riots over their close ties to former President Donald Trump
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Responds by Withdrawing All Five Republican Members and Calling the Inquiry a ‘Sham’
- Biden Says Nation Must Unite to Prove Democracy Can Work in the 21st Century
President Joe Biden urged Democrats and Republicans to unite on the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot at a town hall event Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“I don’t care if you think I’m Satan reincarnated,” Biden said during the event that aired on CNN. “The fact is, you can’t look at that television and say nothing happened on the 6th. You can’t listen to people say this was a peaceful march.’
His comments came after Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republicans selected by House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the committee because of their ties to former President Donald Trump.
In response, McCarthy pulled all five Republican members from the committee, calling the investigation a “sham.”
Biden addressed the need for Democrats and Republicans to work together and investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot at a town hall event Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
CNN’s Don Lemon, right, asked how the parties can unite amid constant clashes and the rise of partisanship
During the January 6 riots in the US Capitol, participants clashed with police
Associated Press photographer is attacked by rioters in the Capitoli
“If Republicans and Democrats can’t come together to investigate the biggest attack on our Capitol in 200 years, why do you think they can come together somewhere?” asked CNN’s Don Lemon.
Biden replied that the parties should come together to show that democracy can prevail in the 21st century.
The president said during meetings with world leaders this year, many expressed concern that America is too divided to be effective.
He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping had told him that autocracies, not democracies, are the way of the future.
It didn’t become clear when world leaders spoke to Biden about this.
“They really believe that,” Biden said. “They believe that things are moving so fast that you cannot put together a nation divided to reach a consensus on acting quickly. Democracy must stand up and get something done.”
Biden’s visit recalls how the president believes he can avoid the country’s dividing lines by connecting directly with voters in Republican states like Ohio
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two of House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s choices, citing the integrity of the panel investigating the January 6 riots
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all five of his nominees to the special committee investigating the January 6 MAGA uprising after Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of them
The Capitol Hill mob tries to break into the building on Jan. 6
CNN’s town hall seemed to draw a meager crowd for Biden, with photos of journalists showing row after row of empty seats. Trump, who held large rallies throughout much of the pandemic, often taunted Biden in front of small crowds, who on the campaign trail, Biden pursued a deliberate policy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It is unclear whether the hall was half full due to concerns about the virus or a lack of public interest. A White House official referred an investigation to CNN.
CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas told: The New York Post: “This was a typical audience size for a CNN town hall.”
She did not elaborate on the reason for the small crowd.
Also during Wednesday’s town hall, audience members asked how to protect children from COVID-19 if they are too young for the vaccines, and President Biden tackles misinformation about vaccines