President-Elect Joe Biden sparked a sharp rebuke of hundreds of pro-Trump rioters who continued to storm the US Capitol complex and interrupted the official announcement of the 2020 election results on Wednesday.
On January 20, Biden, who became US President, attacked rioters and called for law enforcement to prevent violence in Washington.
“At this time, our democracy is under unprecedented attack, unlike anything we have seen in modern times,” the presidential-election told Wilmington, Delaware. “Let me be very clear: the chaos scenes in the Capitol do not reflect true America, it does not represent who we are.”
“I am truly shocked and sad that our nation is a long time of hope and light for democracy, such dark moments have come,” he said. “About America’s honor, decency, respect, tolerance. That’s what we are. That’s what we’ve always been.”
Biden did not leave President Donald Trump.
The presidential-election appealed to Trump to make a public and outspoken announcement demanding the rioters leave the Capitol immediately.
“I asked President Trump to go on national television, fulfill his oath and demand to protect the Constitution and end this siege,” Biden said.
Minutes after Biden ended his remarks, Trump posted a video on his Twitter account challenging the legitimacy of the 2020 election, but still pro-Trump to “go home” said.
Trump said in the video, “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and everybody knows it, especially the other side.” “But you have to go home now, we have to keep peace.”
The comments from both Biden and Trump came in the form of protesters, freely roaming the Capitol Complex, including the Senate Chamber, while falsely claiming that the President had won the 2020 race.
US President-Elect Joe Biden addresses protests in Washington and around the US Capitol as the US Congress validates the 2020 election results at a news conference at its transition headquarters in Willington, Delaware, Jan. 6 Held a joint session. 2021.
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Several law enforcement officials said that at least one person was shot in the Capitol building, and at least one improvised explosive device was found on the ground.
Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over the counting of the Electoral College’s votes and exited the Senate as rioters disbanded the complex. Pence and Congress leadership were resorted to to secure places.