Obama always seems to have the right words for when others are at a loss for them; and as we mark the anniversary of the violent event, he shared a statement on Instagram detailing the work we must all do to ensure this never happens again.
“One year ago, a violent attack on our Capitol made it clear just how fragile the American experiment in democracy really is. Here’s my statement on what the anniversary means, and what we need to do today,” Obama captioned his post.
"Although initially rejected by the many Republicans, the claims that fanned the flames of violence on January 6th have since been embraced by a sizeable portion of voters and elected officials — many of whom know better," he continued.
Obama also pointed out the state legislatures who made it “harder to vote” and those who “have tried to assert power over core election processes including the ability to certify election results.”
Of the Republicans who rejected lies of a stolen election, he added, “And those remaining Republican officials and thought leaders who have courageously stood their ground and rejected such anti-democratic efforts have been ostracized, primaried, and driven from the party.”
As he slammed the Republican Party, he argued that the US cannot assume its mantle as “defenders of democracy and freedom” abroad if democracy is under threat at home.
“Our system of government has never been automatic. If we want our children to grow up in a true democracy - not just one with elections, but one where every voice matters and every vote counts - we need to nurture and protect it,” Obama continued.
“Today, that responsibility falls to all of us. And on this anniversary, nothing is more important,” he concluded.