US President Joe Biden has marked the one year anniversary since the January 6th storming of the US Capitol. Biden made a direct plea to American citizens to defend democracy from a future of violence and election cheating.
The US President spoke from Statuary Hall in the Capitol, the scene of violent riots from protesters attempting to stop the certification of Joe Biden becoming president one year ago. Biden said: “One year ago today in this sacred place, democracy was attacked. Simply attacked. The will of the people was under assault. Our constitution faced the greatest of threats.”
“Outnumbered in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol police, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the National Guard and other brave law enforcement officials saved the rule of law. Our democracy held. We the people endured. We the people prevailed,” he said.
“For the first time in our history, the president had not just lost the election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol. But they failed. They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”
The US President then went on to say that former President Donald Trump has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. Biden claimed Trump done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interests as more important than Americans interests. Biden then said: “They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”
Biden then spoke about democratic institutions in the United States, saying the people must now decide what kind of nation America is going to be. Biden questioned: “Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people?”
“We cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation. The way forward is to recognise the truth and to live by it. We are in a battle for the soul of America, a battle that by the grace of God and goodness of this nation, we will win.”
He then spoke about claims that the 2020 election was stolen, and criticised Donald Trump’s claims that he won the election. Biden said: “He’s not just the former president. He’s the defeated former president. Defeated by more than 7 million of your votes in a full and free and fair election. There is simply zero proof the election results were inaccurate. In fact, in every venue where evidence had to be produced, where oaths of truth had to be taken, the former president failed to make his case.”
Vice President Kamala Harris also spoke at the event at the Capitol. Harris said: “On 6th January, we all saw what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful. The lawlessness, the violence, the chaos.”
“What the extremists who roamed this halls targeted was not only a building, hallowed as it is. What they were assaulting were the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend,” she said.
Former President Donald Trump responded to comments made by President Biden, attacking his leadership on crucial topics.
Trump said: “Biden, who is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open borders, corrupt elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures, used my name today to try to further divide America.”
“This political theatre is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed.”
“Our country no longer has borders, has totally and completely lost control of COVID (record numbers!), is no longer energy independent, inflation is rampant, our military is in chaos, and our exit, or surrender, from Afghanistan, was perhaps the most embarrassing day in the long and distinguished history of the United States – and so much more,” he continued.
Trump then said that Democrats want to own January 6th so they can “stoke fears and divide America”. Trump then said: “I say, let them have it because America sees through their lies and polarisations”.
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