Washington DC – Nick McCall has been a tour guide in Washington, DC for many years.
During that time, the rich history of the U.S. Capitol has been a distinctive feature of McCall’s many visits to the building, from the iconic dome completed during the administration of Abraham Lincoln to the bronze and marble statues of famous Americans— -Two in each state-Arranged in the lobby.
But in the past year, he said he added a recent event to his speech: the day when supporters of former President Donald Trump gathered. Rush into the parliament building.
“I’m just talking about it. I won’t talk too much about personal opinions because it will cause disagreements on the bus,” McCall told Al Jazeera on Thursday as he stood on a lawn on the west side of the Capitol building covered in snow.
“Everyone has their own personal beliefs, and I’m fine. So I just let them know that it happened and how it happened,” he said, but added that when the riot broke out, the authorities did not properly protect the building. , This is “disappointing”.
As the United States marks anniversary The attack on the Capitol, witnessed chaotic scenes in the same area, Angry chant The fatal violence that occurred on January 6, 2021 became calm on Thursday morning.
Armed Capitol Police stood by the security fence across the building, creating a relatively small security buffer zone between President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Give a speech Inside the Capitol.
Dozens of reporters gathered in every corner of the Capitol, hoping to get footage of the presidential motorcade.Tourists and joggers add a sense of normalcy, slowly returning to Capitol Hill after a long time Extraordinary safety Measures will be taken in the first few months of 2021, including the deployment of large numbers of troops.
After the riots, the federal authorities deployed thousands of soldiers and sealed off the Capitol with a metal fence, which stretched several blocks around the building. For fear of possible right-wing protests or attacks, the barrier was maintained until May.
However, a year later, with the anniversary of January 6 marked by speeches and political struggles rather than street protests, these concerns seem to have eased.
Biden took it Target Trump In a speech on Thursday, he accused his predecessor of putting “his injured self” above national democracy. However, some Republicans accused the Democrats of politicizing the events of January 6.
Senator Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter on Thursday: “The free fall of Biden’s presidency one year after January 6 was not because of the attack on our Capitol, but because of policy failure and leadership. weak.”
Trump lied about the destruction of the 2020 US presidential election, triggering the riots on January 6 Widespread voter fraudWhen they rushed into the Capitol, they tried to prevent Biden’s proof of victory.
On Thursday, on the east side of the building, Maryland resident Matt Russillo was standing next to a bicycle with signs condemning rioters. “Someone must tell the right that treason is not patriotism,” one poster read.
Russillo called for a more powerful approach to Violence on January 6 Responsible, including Trump.
“There is no doubt that he was involved. He is the agitator,” Russillo told Al Jazeera. “These people are here, knowing what they are here for. I mean, there are a few bad apples… there is an entire orchard there.”
U.S. House of Representatives Impeach Trump At the beginning of last year, he was acquitted in the Senate for “sedition”, and most Republicans voted against his conviction.
On Wednesday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to ensure responsibility for the January 6 attack, stating that more than 725 suspected rioters have been charged in connection with the incident.
“The relevant personnel must be held accountable. The Ministry of Justice has no higher priority than us,” Garland says.
John Grantham, a West Virginian living in the Netherlands, and his wife took their two children to visit the Capitol for the first time on Thursday. He said that it was just a coincidence that January 6th was there.
“It still has the same meaning as before,” Grantham said of the Capitol. “It’s sad to see what happened. But for us, I don’t think it changed our view of the Capitol at all…it still exists, and what they tried to do didn’t work, so I think it’s Encouraging.”