With his baseless election lies, Biden blamed the former president and those who attacked the Capitol for holding “a dagger at the throat of Democracy,” and warned that American democracy is still under constant and urgent threat.
The President’s strong words set the tone for a day of remembrance that included moments of silence, lawmakers recalling the terrifying hours they were stuck in the capitol as an angry and violent mob raged outside, and fiery speeches from former President Barack Obama, among others.
Liz Cheney (R-WY) and her dad, former Vice President Dick Cheney, were the only Republicans to attend a moment of silence in the Capitol on the anniversary.
“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 in his 20 minute speech. “You can’t love your country only when you win.”
Biden also discussed the importance of passing voting rights legislation and Republicans’ continued refusal to acknowledge that Biden won the election.
“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie,” Biden said. “The former president of the United States of America has spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”
During the Capitol Riot, five people were killed, and several Capitol Police officers committed suicide as a result.
Trump wasted no time in criticizing Biden’s remarks, claiming that the president used his name to further divide the country.
“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,”
The former president refused to take responsibility for his election lies and deceit and the Capitol Riot once more. He also criticized the House committee looking into the Capitol Riot.
“Why is it that the Unselect Committee of totally partisan political hacks, whose judgment has long ago been made, not discussing the rigged Presidential Election of 2020? It’s because they don’t have the answers or justifications for what happened,” Trump wrote.