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Message to Biden: Jan. 6th is Not the Worst Attack in D.C. Since the Civil War

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Joe Biden continues to lie about the severity of the incursion of the Capitol building on Jan. 6th when he says it was the “worst attack since the Civil War.” Sorry, pal, not even close.

First of all, the Confederate Army never even got into Washington D.C. proper. The closest they got was 6 miles away when C.S. General Jubal Early tried a raid toward the Yankee Capital in 1864. So, in fact, the C.S.A. never launched a serious attack on D.C. during the war. And in the only case where they got close, Early and his troops were so exhausted, they ended up being not much of a threat even when they did.

But, even if you fudge the situation and claim that the rebel general got “close enough,” there have been more than a dozen incidents since the Civil War that were far worse than the day this year when a handful of protesters broke a glass and did a little sightseeing.

Biden has repeatedly claimed that the incident on Jan. 6 was somehow the worst attack since the Civil War. He alluded to the claim during his first address to Congress in April. But more recently, he reiterated it on May 26 when he criticized Republicans for not supporting the Democrat’s Jan. 6 commission.

“I can’t imagine anyone voting against the establishing commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol,” Biden said.

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Joe Biden is a liar.

Here is a partial list of the attacks in the Capitol and around D.C. since the Civil War:

  • 1881- President Garfield was assassinated at D.C.’s Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station on the National Mall.
  • 1915- German WWI supporter Eric Muenter set off a bomb in the U.S. Senate reception room.
  • 1932 two US army vets were shot down by federal forces during the Bonus Army protests in D.C.
  • 1950- members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party killed a Capitol Police officer in an attempt to assassinate President Truman at Blair House.
  • 1954- another group of Puerto Rican Nationalists shot and killed five members of the House during an immigration debate.
  • 1968- 13 people died in civil rights rioting in D.C.
  • 1970- A bomb was set off at the entrance to the National Guard Association of the United States set by the Weather Underground.
  • 1971- The Weather Underground detonated a bomb inside the Capitol building causing $300,000 damage.
  • 1975- The Weather Underground set off a bomb inside the U.S. Department of State causing $350,000 in damage.
  • 1983- the May 19th Communist Movement exploded a bomb on the second floor of the US. Capitol’s north wing to protest the Invasion of Grenada.

This is not to even mention the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

There were also about a dozen other incidents in the D.C. area that didn’t necessarily pertain directly to the federal government or its actions but were all more worrisome than the Jan. 6 incident.

All of these incidents were more dangerous than a few people breaking a window and sightseeing in the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Finally, we should also remember that it is the Capitol Police who turned out to be the real danger on Jan. 6 when a still unnamed officer gunned down an unarmed, U.S. Army veteran during the incursion that day. Ashley Babbit was no threat to the Capitol Police, yet she was murdered by one, anyway.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.