Both President Biden and Sen. Tim Scott have sent out excerpts of the speeches they’ll be delivering Wednesday night, Biden before a joint session of Congress. It looks as though Biden will kick things off by claiming he inherited “a nation in crisis.” Along with the coronavirus pandemic and “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Biden will refer to the January 6th storming of the Capitol as “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

That’s reaching back quite a ways, though we certainly don’t condone what happened on January 6.

The Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy has some contenders for worst attack on our democracy:

We take the storming of the Capitol seriously, but the intent was much worse than the execution.

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For the opposing view, we go to NBC News’ presidential historian, Michael Beschloss:

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.