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Biden blasts Republicans for downplaying Jan 6 assault on Congress

President Biden expresses support for Capitol Hill Police, saying 'How dare anyone diminish or deny the hell they went through?'

By AFP
March 09, 2023
US President Joe Biden takes a selfie with attendees after speaking at the 2023 International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, on March 6, 2023. AFP/File
US President Joe Biden takes a selfie with attendees after speaking at the 2023 International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, on March 6, 2023. AFP/File

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden said that Republicans should be ashamed of supporting an effort by Fox News to play down the seriousness of the January 6, 2021 assault on Congress by a mob of Donald Trump supporters. 

"More than 140 officers were injured on Jan 6. I’ve said before: How dare anyone diminish or deny the hell they went through?" Biden tweeted. "I hope House Republicans feel ashamed for what was done to undermine our law enforcement."

Biden expressed support for the Capitol Hill police, whose chief has accused Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson of manipulating video footage of the unprecedented assault after Trump’s election defeat.

In a statement, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said Carlson’s show aired this week was "filled with offensive and misleading conclusions."

The January 6 assault saw Trump supporters -- told for weeks by Trump himself that the election was not fair -- smashing their way through police lines and roaming through Congress. The assault forced a pause in the constitutional process of certifying Biden’s election victory, while scores of lawmakers fled, fearing for their lives.

Recently installed Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy handed over 41,000 hours of raw footage from Capitol security cameras to Carlson, a right-wing firebrand who hosts a hugely popular evening show on Fox. Carlson then edited the footage to support his argument that the crowds were peaceful.