Biden Blames Trump For Jan.6 Capitol Riot

Biden Blames Trump For Jan.6 Capitol Riot

Biden gives Democrats the anti-Trump speech they've been waiting for

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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January 6, 2022

President Biden marked the one-year anniversary of the Jan 6 Capitol riot by repeatedly bashing former President Donald Trump while rallying Senate Democrats to force the passage of sweeping federal election reforms.

Biden delivered his remarks with palpable anger where his intention was to provoke his predecessor by labeling Trump as a "defeated president," who spread a "web of lies" in order to "prevent" the peaceful transfer of power and pinned the responsibility for the events that occurred during the attack on the Capitol.

"Here's the truth: A former President of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He's done so because he values power over principle. Because he sees his own interest as more important than his country's interest and America's interest. And because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution," Biden said in an impudent speech from the Capitol's National Statuary Hall Thursday morning.

"He can't accept he lost even though that's what 93 United States senators, his own attorney general, his own vice president, governors, and state officials in every battleground state have all said he lost," Biden continued. "That's what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward. He's done what no President in American history, the history of this country, has ever, ever done: He refused to accept the results of an election and the will of the American people."

"He's not just a former president," Biden added. "He's a defeated former president — defeated by a margin of over 7 million of your votes."

Biden vividly recounted scenes from the Capitol riot as Congress was the certification of the 2020 presidential election. During his remarks, Biden said Trump supporters who breached the Capitol to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power were not "patriots" in his view because they "embrace and enable lies."

"Patriots? Not in my view," Biden said. "You can't love your country only when you win. You can't obey the law only when it is convenient. You can't be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies. Those who stormed this Capitol and those who instigated and incited, and those who called on them to do so, held a dagger at the throat of America and American democracy."

The president and Vice President Kamala Harris used their remarks to tie the anniversary in efforts to push the passage of a sweeping federal overreach voting rights reforms bill that is currently stalled in the Senate.

Senate Democrats are attempting to push the federal election reform bills ahead of the 2022 midterm, but Republicans are blocking the passage of a bill that aims to override state laws that restrict mail-in voting and establish federal election rules. Sixty votes are needed, and Senate Democrats are looking to the nuclear option to end the filibuster as means to pass the reform bill, but Centrist within their party are refusing to budge in changing the Senate rules to lower the threshold to a simple majority.

In his divisive remarks, Biden repeatedly attacked Trump, referencing his predecessor as "the former president," 16 times but not once uttering his name. When asked why he did not directly call out the former president by his name, Biden said because he did not want his remarks "to turn it into a contemporary political battle."

"Look, I think we just have to face the facts of what happened. Draw a clear picture for the American people. It's not about me. It's not about the vice president. It really isn't; that's the thing that bothers me most about sort of attitude that seems to be emerging to some degree in American politics," Biden said in response.

"It's about the system and somebody who decides to put himself above everything. And so – but I did not want to turn it into a contemporary political battle between me and the president. It's way beyond that," Biden added.

Afterward, Biden dismissed a question that his remarks were divisive.

"The way you have to heal, you have to recognize the extent of the wound. This is serious stuff… You've gotta face it. That's what great nations do; they face the truth, deal with it, and move on," he said.

Trump fired backed minutes after Biden's remarks, slamming his successor of trying to distract Americans of the "incompetent" record by using his name in trying to "further divide America."

"Biden is working hard to try and deflect the incompetent job he is doing and has done, on the horrible Afghanistan withdrawal (surrender), the Borders, COVID, Inflation, loss of Energy Independence, and much more," Trump said in an emailed statement from his Save America PAC. "Everything he touches turns to failure. That's what you get when you have a rigged election."

He "used my name today to try to further divide America," Trump stated. "This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed."

"Our Country no longer has Borders, has totally and completely lost control of Covid (record numbers!), is no longer Energy Independent, Inflation is rampant, our Military is in chaos, and our exit, or surrender, from Afghanistan was perhaps the most embarrassing day in the long and distinguished history of the United States—and so much more," Trump continued.

"The Democrats want to own this day of Jan 6, so they can stoke fears and divide America. I say, let them have it because America sees through their lies and polarizations," Trump added.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a political reporter for The Floridian covering Congress, the White House and Congressional elections.

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