Fact Check: Biden Calls Capitol Riot 'Worst Attack on Our Democracy Since the Civil War'

Fact Check: Biden Calls Capitol Riot 'Worst Attack on Our Democracy Since the Civil War'


CLAIM: President Joe Biden told a joint session of Congress that the Capitol riot on January 6 was the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

VERDICT: FALSE. Not only wasn’t it the worst attack on our democracy; it wasn’t even the worst attack on the Capitol.

In his first address to Congress, Biden will repeat a lie that has become the foundation of Democrats’ efforts to delegitimize Republican opposition: that the Capitol riot was the “worst attack” on American democracy since the Civil War.

It is a laughable proposition. Five people died in connection with the riot, but only one of them as a direct result of the riot — and she was one of the rioters. The riot aimed to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College vote to elect Biden as the next president, but had no realistic hope of stopping it; the

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