On Thursday during his speech marking the anniversary of the January 6 riot at the Capitol, President Joe Biden accused former President Donald Trump and his supporters of holding a “dagger at the throat” of the country’s democracy.
Without saying his name, Biden directly blamed Trump for the riot that occurred just over one year ago.
“For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden said during his morning remarks. “You can’t love your country only when you win.”
While speaking in the Statuary Hall where rioters entered the building and damaged some property, the president called on Americans to remember what they saw that day. He noted the police being attacked, windows being broken, a Confederate flag inside the Capitol, and gallows constructed outside.
He continued on to also blame Trump supporters for perpetuating election fraud claims that led to the day and have since persisted.
“The former president’s supporters are trying to rewrite history. They want you to see Election day as the day of insurrection and the riot that took place here on January 6 as a true expression of the will of the people,” he said. “Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, took look at America? I cannot.” Biden’s remarks started up the daylong remembrance.
“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie,” he added. “The former president of the United States of America has spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. We are in a battle for the soul of America.”
He continued on, saying, “I did not seek this fight, brought to this Capitol one year from today. But I will not shrink from it either. I will stand in this breach, I will defend this nation. I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of this democracy.”
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