On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris marked the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot against the 2020 election results by comparing the events of that day to other infamous moments in United States history such as the attacks of Pearl Harbor in 1945 or September 11, 2001.
In a speech calling for new legislation to supposedly protect democracy, Harris proclaimed that, “Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them where they were, and what they were doing, when our democracy came under assault.”
“Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory. December 7th, 1941, September 11th, 2001, and January 6th, 2021,” she remarked.
Harris also said that January 6 indicated how fragile the American democracy truly is.
“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,” Harris said from the Capitol building. “What was at stake then, and now, is the right to have our future decided the way the Constitution prescribes it: By we, the people.”
“The violent assault that took place here, the very fact of how close we came to an election overturned, that reflects the fragility of democracy,” Harris added.
In response, the Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy observed that Harris’s comparison was “obviously” baseless.
“Ridiculous comparisons… The Capitol riot was bad, political violence is wrong, & people are being prosecuted for it,” Dunleavey tweeted. “It wasn’t comparable to Pearl Harbor (2,403 sailors, soldiers, & civilians killed by the Japanese Empire) nor comparable to 9/11 (2,977 Americans & others killed by Al-Qaeda). Obviously.”
The Capitol riot was bad, political violence is wrong, & people are being prosecuted for it. It wasn’t comparable to Pearl Harbor (2,403 sailors, soldiers, & civilians killed by the Japanese Empire) nor comparable to 9/11 (2,977 Americans & others killed by Al-Qaeda). Obviously.
— Jerry Christmas 🎄🎅🏽 (@JerryDunleavy) January 6, 2022
Media personality John Cardillo replied that Harris’s “comparison is disgraceful and insults the memories of those we lost,” noting only one person was killed on January 6.
9/11: 2977 innocents dead
Pearl Harbor: 2403 Americans dead
Jan 6th: One death. Unarmed #AshliBabbitt killed by an inept Capitol cop, @KamalaHarris’s comparison is disgraceful and insults the memories of those we lost.
— John – Naturally Immune – Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 6, 2022
The vice president asserted that in order to protect the right to vote in America and defend the will of the people, that Congress should pass voting rights bills before the Senate. Just this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) threatened to change Senate rules if GOP officials did not vote in favor of that legislation.
That’s the game! https://t.co/ELS5JFR3j6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 6, 2022
“What they were assaulting were the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend,” said Harris.
A portion of Harris’ remarks can be seen here:
Vice President Kamala Harris begins her remarks on Jan. 6, remembering dates when “our democracy came under assault.” pic.twitter.com/nwVb1gx4dT
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 6, 2022