Former President Trump was sharply criticized by President Biden on Thursday in an address to mark the anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol one year ago, on Jan 6 accusing him of spreading a "web of lies" that created the conditions for the attack by a mob of Trump supporters.
President Biden made a lengthy address from Statuary Hall yesterday in which he said Trump put his interests above those of the country, rebuking the false claims that Biden won the election by fraudulent means.
In his nearly 25-minute fiery speech, Biden never directly referred to Trump by name, but, instead, referred to him in general terms as the former president. He decried both Trump and his supporters who have proclaimed the election was rigged.
“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He has done so because he values power over principle because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest, America’s interest, and because his bruised ego means more to him than our democracy and our Constitution,” Biden said, his voice rising throughout the speech. “He can’t accept he lost.”
“The former president’s supporters are trying to rewrite history. They want you to see Election Day as the insurrection,” Biden said. “Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America?”
During Biden's first year as president, he is typically cautious about mentioning Trump and his divisive conduct Some Democrats have argued Biden should be more forceful in taking on Trump in light of the upcoming midterms in 2022.
“What did we not see? We didn’t see a former president who just rallied the mob to attack, sitting in the private dining room off the Oval Office at the White House, watching it all on television and doing nothing for hours,” Biden said.
President Biden participated in a day of commemorative events commemorating the anniversary of a violent mob of Trump supporters storming the Capitol in an unprecedented attempt to prevent Congress from counting Electoral College votes that confirmed Biden's win. Trump's attempts to challenge the results in court failed on almost every level, including the Supreme Court.
6 Jan 2022