“Today a year ago, in this sacred place, democracy was attacked. It was simply attacked,” President Joe Biden said enthusiastically at the commemoration of the first year of the attack on the Capitol.
From Statues Hall in the National Capitol, Biden delivered a powerful speech with a condemnatory tone against former President Trump and the Republicans who spread and supported the so-called “Big Lie” of election fraud that never existed.
That day, supporters of then-President Trump addressed Congress to boycott Biden’s assertion of an Electoral College victory. The attack is considered one of the worst attacks on democracy and institutions in US history.
In a powerful and unusual message, Biden said:
“Didn’t we watch that? Didn’t we see a former president who had just summoned a mob to attack, sitting in a private dining room near the Oval Office of the White House, watching everything on TV and doing nothing for hours while the police attacked.”
“He cannot accept his loss (…) and refuse to accept the results of the elections and the will of the American people,” Biden said, referring to Trump.
“The former president created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He did it because he preferred power over principle. Because his bruised egos mattered more to him than our democracy or our constitution.”
“I will always strive to work with Republicans who abide by the rules of law and not the one-man rules,” he added, referring to Republicans who have succumbed to false allegations of fraud.
“Will we be a nation that lives not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies?”
Biden said the attack on the Capitol last year was an act “For the first time in our history, a president who had just lost an election tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power…but they failed.”
Biden also stressed that this celebration should serve to “ensure that such an attack does not happen again.”
The president stressed that the United States is an “ideal” that must be preserved. “We are in a battle for the soul of the United States.”