Blame Trump: President-elect Joe Biden called the attack on the U.S. Capitol “domestic terrorism,” noting that it was “one of the darkest days” in U.S. history.
President-elect Joe Biden delivered a blistering rebuke of President Trump on Thursday, a day after a pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol.
Biden called Wednesday “one of the darkest days” in U.S. history but said: “I wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming. But that isn’t true. We could see it coming.”
Business Insider reports:
President-elect Joe Biden forcefully decried Wednesday’s violence on Capitol Hill as an “unprecedented assault” on democracy, an “insurrection,” and an “act of domestic terrorism” in a speech Thursday.
Speaking from Delaware Thursday, Biden commented on the storming of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday:
Yesterday, in my view, was one of the darkest days in the history of our nation.
An unprecedented assault on our democracy, an assault literally on the citadel of liberty, in the United States Capitol itself. An assault on the rule of law. An assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: ratifying the will of the people and choosing the leadership of their government.
All of us here grieve the loss of life. Grieve the desecration of the people’s house.
But we, what we witnessed yesterday was not dissent, it was not disorder, it was not protest. It was chaos. They weren’t protesters — don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob of insurrectionists, domestic terrorists.
It’s that basic. It’s that simple. And I wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming. But that isn’t true. We could see it coming.
Biden went on to blame Trump for the terrorism, claiming the failed coup attempt was the “culmination” of Trump’s flirtation with white supremacists and other extremists. Biden said:
The past four years, we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law clear in everything he has done. He unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was the culmination of that unrelenting attack.
Bottom line: President-elect Joe Biden called the attack on the U.S. Capitol “domestic terrorism,” noting that it was “one of the darkest days” in U.S. history.