WASHINGTON ― As the chaos unfolded on the floor of the House of Representatives this week and Republicans struggled to elect a speaker, some lawmakers couldn’t help but see links to the violent Jan. 6This was the site of an insurrection two years earlier.

The historic Speaker Blockade has stopped the formation of Congress and halted all legislative activity. It includes many of the far-right Republicans that supported the attempt to reverse the 2020 election on the basis of false fraud claims. The episode has been called by President Joe Biden “embarrassing” and warned it would erode America’s image around the world.

Friday marks the 2nd anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. CapitolThe House will attempt to elect a Speaker for the eleventh time. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who also voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election, has failed to win a majority 10 times ― more than any speaker elections since the Civil War.

Nancy Pelosi (D.Calif.), former House speaker, and other rank-and file Democrats have been watching the House floor events this week. According to her, reporters were able to hear the conversation. “thank God” Republicans weren’t in the majority two years ago “because that was the day you had to be organized to stave off what was happening.” Pelosi beat McCarthy, 216–209, on the first vote for speaker on Jan. 3, 2021, an election that allowed the lower chamber to organize itself and, a few days later, certify the 2020 election results after hours of armed warfare at the Capitol.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. talks with fellow Republicans during Wednesday’s second day of election for House Speaker at the U.S. Capitol.

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Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat who drew parallels between this week’s mayhem and the Jan. 6 insurrection. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo. noted Thursday that Republicans have had a poor track record in governing. He cited the long 2018 shutdown of the government as an example. GOP instigated about immigration and at the 2021 riot Capitol.

“Two years ago, tomorrow, I stood here with so many of you in this chamber, as our democracy was attacked, as our colleagues on the other side of the aisle tried to overturn an election,” Neguse spoke in a speech to the House floor.

“This is not their first rodeo, as far as dysfunction is concerned,” He added.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R.Fla.), nominated ex-President Donald Trump to be speaker. This man was responsible for pressuring officials to reverse the 2020 election results and inciting a mob to take over the U.S. Capitol On Jan. 6, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) couldn’t hold back.

“He tried to overthrow our government!” Cohen called out Thursday morning on the House’s floor. Gaetz didn’t respond, and Trump ended up losing another election ― badly.

Republicans have, in contrast, avoided making mention of Jan. 6 attack. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), the House Freedom Caucus chair who is opposed to McCarthy’s speaker bid, claimed he and his fellow group of rabble-rousers are doing it to save the republic. “It’s not about the timeline, it’s about democracy,” Perry spoke to a reporter, who asked about next steps.

Perry led efforts to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results in 2020 on behalf of Trump. The House select committee investigating the Jan. hearings found that Perry also requested a pardon from the president. 6 insurrection.

Police officers who stood by the victim Capitol On Jan. 6 You can also weigh in on the failure of this week’s speaker vote. Capitol Harry Dunn was a police officer who suffered racial abuses and harassment by rioters in January. 6A number of Republican lawmakers tried to downplay the drama, calling it democracy. “messy.” Dunn tweeted that the line was being called. “ironic,” Addition that Jan. 6 This was the most difficult part.

Michael Fanone (ex-Meter Police Department Officer), was shocked and beaten with a stungun during the attack against the Capitol, paid a visit to McCarthy’s new office at the Capitol.

“I heard he was having some trouble … I just came here to rub it in,” Fanone (*2*) reporters, pointing to the spot where the speaker’s name would normally be inscribed on a wooden plaque.

January saw violent insurgents supporting President Donald Trump attempt to get through the barrier of police officers 6At the Capitol.

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Fanone was also present at a rally held outside the Embassy on Thursday. CapitolMcCarthy, who was criticised for giving key concessions, such as offering far-right legislators chairmanships or more power in his pursuit to become speaker, to McCarthy.

“This is just the beginning. This type of chaos will happen every single day in the House as some of the most extreme politicians our country has ever seen hold our democracy hostage,” Fanone said At the rally “Our elected leaders allowed this to happen, and yet this week people who encouraged and even attended the insurrection are now taking their places as leaders in the new House majority.”

Biden will honor Fanone, Dunn and 10 others for their contributions. “demonstrated courage and selflessness” Jan. 6The White House will present the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2021 on Friday. The award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, and it will be Biden’s first time awarding one.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffreys (D-N.Y.), Democratic nominee as speaker, will hold an event in The Capitol Friday will mark the 2nd anniversary of the attacks.