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Biden to Award Medals to Democracy Defenders on Anniversary of Jan. 6 Insurrection

HeadlineJan 06, 2023

President Biden is delivering a speech today to mark the second anniversary of the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection. Biden will also award Presidential Citizens Medals to 12 people who responded to the insurrection and Trump’s attacks on democracy after the 2020 election — among them, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, a pair of mother-daughter election workers from Georgia who received death threats and torrents of online abuse from Trump supporters. President Trump again attacked them this past week on social media.

Another honoree is former Washington, D.C., police officer Michael Fanone, who was beaten and electrocuted with a Taser by the right-wing mob who attacked the Capitol. Fanone called the experience a “wake-up call” about the dangers of political violence.

Michael Fanone: “People who encouraged and even attended the insurrection are now taking their places as leaders in the new House majority — people like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who said insurrectionists would have won on January 6th if she had been involved, or Representative Matt Gaetz, who encouraged voters to arm themselves at the polls.”

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