Biden says Trump poses a constant threat to America’s democracy
President Joe Biden on Thursday accused his predecessor Donald Trump of posing a continuing threat to American democracy, during a speech on the first anniversary of the attack on capitol of the United States by supporters of the former president to try to reverse his 2020 electoral defeat.
The violent attack by Trump supporters has divided Congress and raised global concerns about the future of American democracy.
“For the first time in our history, a president not only lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power when a violent mob stormed the Capitol,” Biden said. “But they failed.”
“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. Here’s the truth: a former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 elections. He did so because he values power over principle,” Biden said.
“He cannot accept that he lost.”
Biden reiterated that Trump was seen “instigating the mob, watching television without doing anything, while the mob attacked the police and the country’s institutions.”
The attack on the Capitol occurred at the time that Trump, then outgoing president, denounced without proof that the elections had been fraudulent. Trump failed in those days in his attempts to prove vote counting fraud and in his lawsuits before the courts. Shortly before the assault, he addressed his followers, some of whom participated in the events on the Capitol that same day.
Biden said Thursday referring to Trump that “his hurt ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution.”
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Trump responds to Biden
In a statement, former President Trump responded: “This political theater is just a distraction from the fact that Biden has completely and totally failed.”
“The big lie was the election itself,” Trump said in the text.
While Republicans in Congress almost universally condemned the attack in the days that followed, most remained loyal to Trump.
“[Joe Biden] he used my name today to try to further divide America, “Trump said in the text.
Biden: “Such an attack should never be repeated”
Biden praised Republican and Democratic senators and congressmen on Thursday who honored their oath to uphold the Constitution and remained in office to finish their job of certifying the election result.
However, he warned that “we are living at a turning point in history, both at home and abroad.”
“We are in a struggle between democracy and autocracy, between the aspirations of freedom and the greed of a few.” China, Russia and others are betting that the days of democracy are past (…) that the United States will become something like them. “
But he added that America is not a place for autocrats, dictators, strongmen. “I don’t think we are like that. We have never been like this and we should never be like this ”.
“Let’s step out,” Biden said. “In the next chapter of US history, January 6 marks not the end of democracy, but the beginning of a renaissance, of freedom and justice.”
“On this day of remembrance we will have to make sure that such an attack should never be repeated,” Biden said.
Representative Liz Cheney, chair of the House committee investigating the attack and one of the few Republican lawmakers who attended the Capitol ceremonies, warned: “The threat continues.”
“He continues to make the same claims that he knows caused violence on January 6,” Cheney said of Trump.
“Unfortunately, many in my own party are embracing the former president, are looking the other way or downplaying the danger,” he told the network’s “Today” program. NBC.
“This is how democracies die. We simply cannot allow that to happen. “
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