Biden condemns “big lie” and blames Trump on the violence of January 6 | Political News

President Joe Biden on Thursday strongly condemned former President Donald Trump for spreading the “big lie” that the 2020 U.S. election was stolen and incited angry supporters to attack Congress on January 6, 2021.

In the magnificent marble hall that was blocked by tear gas a year ago, Biden gave a fierce speech. Biden slammed Trump as a “failed president” who still threatens American democracy today.

Biden said: “We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie.” “This is the truth. The former president of the United States of America spread lies about the 2020 election.”

Biden said: “This is the first time in our history that a president not only lost an election, but also tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power because a mob broke into the Capitol.”

In 2020, Trump refused to accept the result that Biden won the presidential election with a decisive 7 million votes and an advantage of 306 to 232 in the U.S. Electoral College. When Congress held a meeting on January 6 to prove votes—a constitutional requirement—Trump gave a heated speech to his supporters rally and urged them to march in the Capitol.

“You and the whole world have seen it with our own eyes,” Biden said. He asked the audience to close their eyes and reflect on what they saw that day because he described distressingly violent mobs attacking the police, hunting down the Speaker of the House, and threatening to The vice president was hanged.

Thousands of Trump supporters gather in the Capitol where Congress meets The way to force them Crossed the police barricades, smashed doors and windows, and broke into the corridor.

Biden said that although all of this started shockingly on national television, Trump was sitting in the White House watching. Biden said: “This is the truth about God on January 6, 2021. They want to subvert the Constitution.”

From that day on, Biden described the political situation in the United States as a contest between the two countries. Democracy and despotism He warned on Thursday that Trump’s Republican allies are attacking voting rights in all state legislatures across the country.

“We are fighting for the soul of America,” Biden said. “I did not seek this battle. I was taken to this Capitol one year from today. But I will not back down. I will stand in this gap and I will defend this country. I will not allow anyone to be here. A dagger is placed on Democracy’s throat.”

Trump issued a statement shortly after his speech calling it a “political theater” and accused Biden of using “my name to further divide the United States.” He has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 elections have been rigged and that the “big lie” is the vote itself.

The former president, who still has a lot of influence among Republican voters, originally planned to hold a press conference on Thursday, but it was cancelled.

The then President Donald Trump made a gesture when he delivered a speech at a rally in Washington.On January 6, 2021, then President Donald Trump raised his gloved fist while speaking at the “Stop Theft” rally in Washington, DC [File: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo]

Trump denied playing any role in the January 6 riots and accused the leader of the House of Representatives investigation Cover-up of the January 6th incident.

Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a speech before Biden at the Capitol on Thursday, comparing January 6, 2021 with September 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda hijackers drove a passenger plane into the World Trade Center building and The Pentagon, Virginia.

“The extremists wandering in these halls are targeting more than just the lives of elected leaders,” Harris said. “They are trying to belittle and destroy more than just a building, even though it is sacred. They are attacking the systems, values ​​and ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picked up, and shed blood to build and defend.”

Biden and Harris’ speech was one of several commemorative events organized and attended by Democratic lawmakers in the Capitol on Thursday. Almost every Republican is absent, which marks a divergence in the meaning of the riots between the two parties a year ago.

Representative Liz Cheney, one of the few Republicans who attended the Capitol ceremony on Thursday, warned that “the threat continues.”

Cheney said Trump “continued to make the same statement he knew triggered the violence on January 6.”

“Unfortunately, too many people in our party are embracing the former president, looking differently, or minimizing the danger,” she told NBC.

Cheney is the deputy chairman of the House Special Committee investigating the January 6 uprising.

Republican Rep. Matt Gates and Marjorie Taylor Green, two allies of the former president, plan to refute Biden at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.