President Joe Biden held an event at the White House on Friday to mark the two years that had passed since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021 and, as is typical, his speech was marred by a handful of gaffes, mistakes, and misleading untruths.
Near the beginning of his remarks, Biden said the wrong date for the riot, placing its occurrence in July instead of January, Fox News reported.
At other points, he also erased pertinent U.S. history by denying previous violent attacks on the Capitol and attributed an unrelated law enforcement death in Washington D.C. to the 2021 unrest.
Run that date by me again?
President Biden delivered remarks in the East Room of the White House during an event to mark the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and to bestow the Presidential Citizens Medal to a number of individuals who either participated in defending the Capitol building that day or had worked to help certify his victory in the weeks following the 2020 election.
In praising the actions of the individuals he was set to honor, Biden said, “And what you did was truly consequential. Not a joke.”
He then added, “If I can halt for a second and just say to you: The impact of what happened on July the 6th had international repercussions beyond what I think any of you can fully understand.”
Joe Biden: “The impact – what happened on JULY the 6th had international repercussions beyond what I think any of you can fully understand.” pic.twitter.com/znA97P0Q9G
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 6, 2023
History of violent attacks on Capitol building
That was far from President Biden’s only gaffe or mistake in his speech, and the first of those actually came in the very first sentence of his remarks, where he rewrote U.S. history with regard to the Capitol building.
“Two years ago, on January the 6th, our democracy was attacked. There’s no other way of saying it,” Biden said to begin his speech. “The U.S. Capitol was breached, which had never happened before in the history of the United States of America, even during the Civil War.”
Except, according to The Washington Post, while Biden was correct that the Capitol building was never breached during the Civil War, it has been the site of politically motivated violence on several occasions in the past, including multiple instances during Biden’s lifetime. It was also burned by the British Army in 1814, was bombed in 1915, and was likely a target of the 9/11 highjackers.
The most significant of those came in March 1954, when four leftist Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire on the House floor from the gallery above, wounding five members of Congress. There were also two bombings inside the Capitol by leftist groups, including one in March 1971 by the Weather Underground and again in 1983 by a group known as the Armed Resistance Unit in protest of U.S. military action abroad.
Unrelated death linked to Jan. 6 riot
Later in his speech, while honoring D.C. law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, President Biden made mention of “the late U.S. Capitol Police Officer, Billy Evans.”
“Three months after January 6th, while they were still cordoning off the Capitol because threats these — by these sick insurrectionists continued to be profligated on the Internet, again, all of America saw what happened, what Officer Evans was killed defending a checkpoint you had to go through to get up to the Capitol, because of these God-awful, sick threats that continue to move forth. And the whole world saw it,” Biden said.
Except, per the New York Post, Officer Evans wasn’t killed by or because of “sick insurrectionists” on Jan. 6, but rather was run over in a vehicular attack and murdered by a leftist anti-white racist member of the radical Nation of Islam named Noah Green who was then shot dead by other officers manning the checkpoint.