But the part of the ceremony that stuck out most happened after Pelosi introduced a video of “Hamilton” composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who said, “We are all stewards of the American experiment” and that “We should never take our rights and our liberties for granted.”
Miranda then introduced the song “Dear Theodosia,” which he said was about “no challenge [being] worth abandoning our efforts to unite as Americans” and was joined by several other “Hamilton” cast members.
Considering that pro-Trump rioters tried to violently overthrow the 2020 presidential election a year ago, many people thought the Democrats’ message was a little off. However, also on that day a year ago, Congress reconvened amid the wreckage of the riot and completed its ceremonial task of certifying the Electoral College vote count.
“It’s kind of like if Pelosi rolled out a projector and played a scene from ’The West Wing’ to get everyone feeling nice and warm about democracy again,” Mashable columnist Tim Marcin wrote.
Naturally, Twitter users had thoughts. Lots of them.