WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Babin and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber are taking issue with what they call the Democrats' and President Biden's "incorrect characterization" of the events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol.
President Biden on Thursday delivered what he declared was the “God's truth” marking the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol rioting.
“For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden said. “But they failed.”
“I will stand in this breach,” he declared, his voice rising.
“Democracy was attacked,” Biden said at the Capitol. “We the people endure. We the people prevailed.”
U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, the Republican congressman who represents District 36 in Southeast Texas, was at the U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2021 rioting. He came by KFDM/Fox 4 recently and spoke with us about key issues, including the events of January 6, 2021 and the investigations that have followed.
"All they want to do is attack Trump again, and this is what the January 6 Commission is doing," said Babin. "The two Republicans that are on there are Republicans who hate President Trump. We had two that were going on, appointed by our leadership and the Republican conference, and they kicked them off the Commission. And so, this is a sham Commission to keep the pot boiling, to be anti-Trump, to keep from talking about the real problems that this country is facing."
U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, the Republican congressman representing District 14 in Southeast Texas, released this statement on the anniversary of January 6th:
"I said last year, I unequivocally condemn the violence that occurred in the United States Capitol on January 6th 2021. The Capitol building is the heart of our democracy and where the elected representatives of the American people meet to peacefully debate and resolve our many differences. These attacks do not serve in resolving differences, if anything they further divide us.
"However, the mainstream media and Democrats’ decision to hold the actions of the few who engaged in violence that day as representative of all those they oppose or as a legitimate attempt to overthrow the government is dishonest. If they genuinely wanted to make bipartisan efforts to know the truths behind that day, they wouldn’t have restricted Republicans' participation in the commission to only those who outwardly blamed President Trump.
"Today, more than any time in our history, we should honor the calls for unity that came from both sides of the aisle in the days following January 6th. America is better than this and, again, I pray that what happened that day will never be repeated."