Biden condemns the unrest within the Capitol and calls on Trump to name for an finish to the siege
President-elect Joe Biden offered a crushing reprimand of the hundreds of pro-Trump rioters who continued to storm the U.S. Capitol Complex and disrupt the official statement of the 2020 election results on Wednesday.
Biden, who becomes US President on January 20, has blown up the rioters and called on law enforcement agencies to stop the violence in Washington.
“At this hour our democracy is under an unprecedented attack unlike anything we have seen in modern times,” said the President-elect of Wilmington, Delaware. “Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos in the Capitol do not reflect real America, do not represent who we are.”
“I am really shocked and saddened that our nation, for so long a beacon of hope and light for democracy, has come to such a dark moment,” he added. “America is about honor, decency, respect, tolerance. That’s how we are. That’s how we’ve always been.”
Biden did not spare President Donald Trump.
The president-elect called on Trump to make a public and loud announcement to urge the rioters to leave the Capitol immediately.
“I urge President Trump to go on national television now, to keep his oath to defend the constitution and to call for an end to this siege,” said Biden.
Just minutes after Biden finished speaking, Trump posted a video on his Twitter account that falsely challenged the legitimacy of the 2020 elections but urged the pro-Trump mob to “go home.”
“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had a choice that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side,” Trump said in the video. “But you have to go home now, we have to be at peace.”
Biden and Trump’s comments came as protesters freely roamed the Capitol complex, including the Senate Chamber, falsely claiming the President won the 2020 race.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden spoke about the protests in and around the U.S. Capitol in Washington at a press conference at his interim headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, Jan. 6, as the U.S. Congress held a joint session to confirm the 2020 election results . 2021.
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Several police officers said at least one person was shot dead in the Capitol and at least one improvised explosive device was found on the premises.
Vice President Mike Pence had headed the electoral college vote and was fired from the Senate when rioters broke through the complex. Pence and convention leadership were used to secure locations.