Washington, DC – Nick McCall has been guiding tourists in Washington, DC, for years.
At the time, the history of the US Capitol was a well-known part of McCall’s many visits to the palace, from his famous dome completed in the reign of Abraham Lincoln, to the bronze and marble statues of famous Americans – two from each state – he is not building his hall. .
But in the past year, he is said to have added the most recent event to his show: the day the group of people who supported former President Donald Trump. attacked the Capitol.
“I just talk about it. I don’t really like my idea because it can be divided on the bus, “McCall told Al Jazeera on Thursday, standing on a snow-covered western slope of the Capitol.
“Everyone has their own beliefs, which are good for me. That’s why I just let them know it happened, and that’s how it happened, “he said, adding that it was” disappointing “that the government did not properly protect the building when the riots started.
Police with Capitol-armed police lined up near the security fence surrounding the building, creating less security as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. lectures inside the Capitol.
Many journalists gathered in various corners of the Capitol hoping to take pictures of the President’s party. Visitors and runners added a sense of humor that slowly returned to Capitol Hill after a long hiatus. amazing protection measures, including a large army, in the first months of 2021.
After the riots, government officials sent thousands of soldiers and closed the Capitol with an iron fence a few blocks away from the building. The barrier remained in place until May amid concerns over right-wing demonstrations or attacks.
The following year, however, the fears seemed to be dispelled by the January 6 celebration marked by rhetoric and political controversy, rather than by street protests.
Biden nodded target on Trump in his remarks Thursday, he criticizes those who have been in the past that he puts his own “priority” more than national democracy. However some Republicans criticized the Democrats for engaging in politics on January 6.
“The president of Biden, one year after January 6, has fallen for nothing not only because of the attack on our Capitol, but also because of poor policy and weak leadership,” Senator Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
The January 6 violence, led by Trump’s false claims that the 2020 US presidential election was rigged. voter fraud, tried to block Biden’s victory certificate when he destroyed Capitol.
East of the building Thursday, Maryland resident Matt Russillo stood next to a bicycle with placards denouncing the violence. “Someone has to let the right people know that the conspiracy does not love your country,” one bill read.
Rusillo called for a bolder approach to finding those responsible January 6 episodes respondents, including Trump.
“No doubt he did. He was the founder, “Russillo told Al Jazeera.” And these people came in knowing why they came here. I mean, to say there were a few bad apples in the…
US House of Representatives criticized Trump early last year on “terrorist initiatives”, but he was released from the Senate, and a majority of Republicans voted against him.
On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland promised to respond to the attack on January 6, saying more than 725 people suspected of violence had been charged in connection with the incident.
“Those involved should be held accountable. And there is nothing that is not important to us in the Department of Justice, “he said. Garland said.
John Grantham, a West Virginian living in the Netherlands, and his wife brought their two children to see the Capitol for the first time on Thursday. The stay on January 6 was a coincidence, he said.
“It also has a meaning that already existed,” Grantham said of the Capitol. It was sad to see what happened. But for us, I do not think it has changed our attitude towards the Capitol … It still exists, and what they tried to do did not work, so I think that is encouraging.