Biden: ‘At This Hour, Our Democracy Is Under an Unprecedented Assault’

Biden: ‘At This Hour, Our Democracy Is Under an Unprecedented Assault’


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Although it was President Donald Trump who incited, and egged on, his supporters to storm the US Capitol Wednesday — it fell to his democratically elected successor to address the nation regarding the abhorrent horror unfolding on Capitol Hill.

As part of his baseless and false charges of election fraud, Trump encouraged what appeared to be thousands of his supporters to march on the Capitol on a day when Congress was to meet in what’s usually a pro forma session to count the ballots from the Electoral College.

However, Trump’s supporters violently breached the walls of the Capitol even as some House and Senate Republicans launched a plan to object to electoral votes on behalf of trying to swing the election back to Trump.

The plans of the elected Republicans were suddenly and violently interrupted by the Trump rioters who breached even the floor of the Senate itself.

Americans watching the proceedings had to watch as Vice President Mike Pence was quickly swept away by his Secret Service detail. There were chilling pictures of Capitol Police officers holding rioters from what appeared to be the House floor at gunpoint.

Although hours after the violence began, Trump posted a tepid tweet calling for calm he never addressed the American people.

That task fell to the man who Trump lies about saying stole the election, President-elect Biden.

Biden’s remarks were simultaneously admonishing and hopeful for the future.

“Our democracy is under unprecedented assault. Unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. This is the citadel of liberty,” Biden said of the Capitol where he is to be inaugurated two weeks hence.

“It’s chaos. It borders on sedition,” he added.

Biden called on Trump to go on TV — but that request went unheeded.

“I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution,” Biden said.

But Biden insisted that the nation will endure.

“And we will endure here and we will prevail again. We will prevail now,” the president-elect said. “The work of the moment and the work of the next four years must be the restoration of democracy of decency, honor, respect, the rule law, just plain simple decency through an old politics. It’s about solving problems looking out for one another. Not stoking the flames of hate in chaos.”

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