Former Vice President Dick Cheney, along with Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection last year, was notably the only two Republicans to attend the one-year anniversary of the attack at the Capitol.
Dick Cheney commented that it was a historical event whose importance one cannot overestimate. In a moment of silence in the massive chamber, it was made obvious just how many Republicans shared the opinion of the Cheneys. Aside from the two Cheneys and an aide, every other seat on the Republican half was empty.
Last year, Liz Cheney more or less painted a target on her back with her deliberate criticism of former President Donald Trump who she blames for the inciting of the deadly riot. Since then, she has refused to downplay the massive impact and implications of last year’s tragedy which effectively ostracized her within her party.
Even on Thursday, as Democrats held events around Capitol for the whole day, there were no Republicans present. In a separate commemorative event in the Senate, only Liz Cheney attended the morning session as a representative of the GOP.
While no other Republicans made public appearances, a few of them released written statements that acknowledged the tragedy when thousands of Trump extremists stormed the Capitol in an ultimately failed attempt to stop the certification of President Biden’s win against Trump.
A few Republican senators released written statements that acknowledged the tragedy of a day when thousands of Trump supporters breached the capitol in a failed attempt to prevent the Senate from formally certifying President Joe Biden’s election win over Trump.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska spoke of the sadness and anger knowing that it was Americans who breached the center of the country’s democracy. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney also cautioned against ignoring the lessons from the January 6 attack. He stressed that democracy is fragile and is dependent on leaders who portray integrity and character.
It must be noted that both Murkowski and Romney were among the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump when he was impeached for inciting the attack.
Elsewhere, Republicans condemned the Democrats for the commemorative events claiming that the anniversary is being used as a “political weapon” against them.