Biden urged to defend voting rights, condemned Trump’s lies

President Joe Biden On the anniversary of the Capitol riots on January 6 The warning states that the threat to democracy witnessed during that invasion did not end with the cessation of violence.

In a fierce speech on Thursday, Biden condemned the “web of lies” spread by former President Donald Trump, directly accusing him of inciting attackers who tried to overthrow the 2020 election.

Biden said in a speech at the Capitol: “Only when you win can you love your country. You can’t only obey the law when it’s convenient. When you accept and support lies, you can’t be patriotic.”

Biden said: “The lies that led to the anger and madness we see in this place have not diminished.” “Therefore, we must defend the right to vote firmly, resolutely and unrelentingly, and let the votes count.”

Supporters of former President Donald Trump attended the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Congress in Washington, U.S. President Joe Biden on January 6, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. Mountain event.

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Biden’s speech at the Hall of the National Statue kicked off a one-day event plan organized by the Democratic Party on the anniversary of the riots, when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol and forced members of Congress to flee their chambers. The mob temporarily halted the transfer of power to Biden when Trump lied that widespread fraud prevented him from being elected.

This invasion triggered an unprecedented criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and a full investigation by the bipartisan House Special Committee. The riots and increased Republican-led efforts to subvert state elections have also prompted Democrats to seek new legislation to strengthen voting rights.

Although Biden did not name Trump, the former president quickly accused Biden of “using my name” to distract him from his political challenges. Trump also reiterated the false claim that he won the 2020 presidential election, but he lost more than 6 million voters.

Biden used Trump to even refuse to admit the campaign, bluntly calling him a “lost former president.”

His obsession with Trump’s lies underscores the former president’s lasting role as the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Trump hinted that he might run for the White House in 2024, and Republican congressional leaders said they would support his campaign.

A week after the Capitol riots, the House of Representatives impeached Trump on charges of sedition. Senate Republicans voted not to convict him, which may prevent him from taking office again.

Biden’s speech did not hit Trump and his supporters in any way. They either participated in the attack or played down the attack.

Biden said: “Those who rushed into the Capitol, those who incited and incited, and those who called on them to do so, dagger into the throat of the United States and American democracy.” “They are not here out of patriotism. Doctrine or principle; they came here with anger, not to serve the United States, but to serve one person.”

On January 6, 2021, a group of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump burst into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. A man broke the window.

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“This is not a group of tourists; this is an armed rebellion,” he said, as if referring to The wrong description of some Republicans Thug’s. “They are not to defend the will of the people, but to deny the will of the people. They are not to hold free and fair elections, but to overthrow the elections.”

Biden said that Trump is the first president in American history to try to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.He condemned Trump for spreading conspiracies, raising doubts about the integrity of the 2020 election because In defense of the mob, And watched the attack unfold from the White House with “nothing to do for a few hours.”

“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. This is the truth: a former president of the United States of America created and spread a network of lies about the 2020 election. He did this because he values ​​power over principles Because he believes that his own interests are more important than the interests of the country,” Biden said.

Biden added: “And because his injured self is more important to him than our democracy or our constitution.” “He can’t accept that he loses.”

Biden said that great powers “will not bury the truth.” “They face it.”

— Christina Wilkie of CNBC contributed to this report.