US President Joe Biden calls January 6 riot an “existential crisis”


President Joe Biden said the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol was not dissent but chaos and called the vicious attack an existential crisis, saying if America’s democracy survived it must be protected by opposing hatred, lies and extremism.

President Biden issued a statement on Tuesday recognizing the six-month insurgency while seeking national unity to restore decency, honor and respect for the rule of law.

Together, let’s demonstrate to ourselves, and the world, the enduring strength and limitless ability and goodness of who we are as Americans, Biden said.

Even during the civil war, insurgents did not burst into our Capitol, the citadel of our democracy. But six months ago today, the insurgents did it. They launched a violent and deadly attack on the People’s House, the People’s Representatives and the Capitol Police who swore to protect them, as our duly elected Congress performed the sacred ritual of our republic and certified the vote of the Electoral college, he said.

In an unprecedented assault on democracy in America, thousands of angry supporters of ex-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and clashed with police, killing people and disrupting a constitutional process to assert Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

Police, outnumbered by unmasked protesters, struggled to cope with the crowds, as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol building, where members of Congress were counting and counting. certification of the votes of the Electoral College.

The House and Senate and the entire Capitol have been placed under lockdown. Former Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers have been evacuated to safety.

It was not dissent. It was mess. It posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive a sad reminder that there is nothing guaranteed for our democracy, Biden said.

But while this shocked and saddened the nation and the world, six months later we can unequivocally say that democracy has prevailed and we must all continue to work to protect and preserve it, he said. .

Biden said that protecting democracy requires people of goodwill and courage to resist the hatred, lies and extremism that led to this vicious attack.

He said that includes figuring out what happened so we can remember it and not bury it hoping to forget it.

It requires that we all work together, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, in the name of the common good, to restore decency, honor and respect for the rule of law. And it pushes our government both executive and legislature to take urgent action needed to protect the fundamental right to vote, he said.

It also requires that we all remember who we are as a nation at our best and that we are so much better than what we saw on January 6th. We are the United States of America, and over the past few months we have shown what we can do when we come together to defeat a deadly virus, revive our economy, and prove that democracy can work for the people, has Biden said.

The attack was perhaps the first time in recent history that so many people had entered the Capitol and disrupted constitutional arrangements. Congress had only certified 12 votes before the riots broke out. Those 12 votes went to President Trump. There are 538 electoral votes in total.

Trump – who lost the popular and electoral college vote – continued to challenge the results. He alleged that there had been massive voter fraud and electoral malfeasance. Election officials, however, denied the allegations.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)


Kevin E. Boling

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