Joe Biden delivered a full-throated condemnation of the US Capitol siege by supporters of President Trump, calling it “an assault on our democracy” carried out by “domestic terrorists.”
Speaking in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday to unveil his Justice Department nominees, Biden accused Trump of “trying to use a mob to silence the voices of nearly 160 million Americans” who voted in the November presidential election.
“What we witnessed yesterday was not dissent. It was not disorder. It was not protest,” Biden said, calling the melee “one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.”
“They weren’t protesters. Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists,” he said.
“We wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming. That isn’t true. We could see it coming. The past four years we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law, clear in everything he has done,” Biden said.