The protesters on January 6th were “enraged” and “held a dagger at the throat of America and American democracy,” according to Biden.
“They didn’t come here because of patriotism or principle,” argues Biden. “I’m not in America’s service.” Rather, in the service of one guy,” as Trump is referred to.
Biden also complimented US Congress for completing the task of validating the 2020 election results and honoring their commitment to “defend the constitution, against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
Biden goes on to say that the United States is at a “inflection point” in a conflict between democracy and “autocracy,” a theme that ran through his original campaign against Trump. Trump claims to symbolize an America ruled by a “autocratic strongman.”
Biden maintains his sharp criticism of his predecessor, calling Donald Trump the first US president to refuse to acknowledge the results of the US election and the will of the American people.
Biden describes Donald Trump as “not just a former president” “He’s a defeated former president, defeated by a margin of over seven million of your votes in a free and fair election.” “There’s simply zero proof the election results are inaccurate,” he adds.
He also questions how Republican members of Congress who were elected or re-elected on the same ballot as Trump can argue the election was rigged. President Biden called the 2020 election the “greatest demonstration of democracy” in American history.
He said that despite the possibility of the Covid-19 outbreak, 150 million Americans went to the polls and voted.
Biden also mentioned former President Trump’s efforts to propagate “the Big Lie” about the election’s outcome, which he called “wrong” and “un-American.”
“The truth is that no election…in American history has been more closely scrutinized or counted,” he stated. President Biden believes the country needs to be clear about what is and isn’t true. “Here’s the truth: the former president has created a web of lies about the 2020 election,” he says.
Biden criticizes Trump for prioritizing “power over principle” and placing “his bruised ego” ahead of the US Constitution. He also criticizes the Republican Party, claiming that “they seem to no longer want to be the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Reagan and the Bushes”
“What we didn’t see was a former president who simply rallied the mob to attack while sitting in the Oval Office’s private dining room in the White House, watching it on television,” Biden added.
“This was an armed insurgency…they had no intention of ensuring a free and fair election.” They wanted to overthrow one.” To go on, Americans, according to the president, must “face the truth.”
Former US President Donald Trump has been blamed for the 6 January riots, according to US President Joe Biden.
In his speech, Biden stated that his predecessor “tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power” for the first time in US history, while a “violent mob” flooded the Capitol. He went on to say that Americans “must make sure that never happens again.”
As she prepared to introduce President Biden, Vice President Biden emphasized a topic that many have emphasized: that the day reminded Americans of the “fragility of democracy” and that citizen must act to maintain it.
This was a topic of the Biden-Harris campaign in 2020, when the Democratic ticket warned that former President Trump’s behaviour posed a threat to the United States institutions.