- Almost no Republican lawmakers were on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the January 6 attack.
- Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and her father Dick Cheney were the only two Republicans who attended a moment of silence in the House.
- GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene used the day to spin conspiracy theories and rewrite history.
On the anniversary of the deadly January 6 insurrection, Republicans were scarce on Capitol Hill.
Democrats organized and attended the day’s events, which included President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ speeches at the Capitol, a conversation about January 6, 2021, with historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham, testimonials from House Democrats, and a prayer vigil on the Capitol steps.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, were the only two Republicans seen by reporters on the House floor for a moment of silence commemorating the Capitol siege led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Both the House and Senate were in session today for events commemorating January 6, 2021, though no votes were scheduled.
Democratic lawmakers told Insider they were appreciative of the Cheneys attending the Capitol riot commemoration and disturbed by Republicans’ absence.
“I just went to thank Liz Cheney who was in the chamber,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat and chair of House progressive caucus, said after she exited the House chamber. “I said one of the hardest things has been not only what happened on the day but the fact that there has been no recognition, and worse than that, people who have just completely undermined that it even happened. That they’re not here today. That there’s no presence marking the duty that we all have to the same Constitution.”