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Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for ‘inciting a mob to attack the Capitol’ and said if it was Black Lives Matter protesters who had done such a thing, they ‘would have been treated very, very differently.’
Biden, during the announcement of his attorney general nominee, used his opening remarks to hold President Trump accountable for insurgents who stormed Capitol Hill, breached the Senate chamber, and caused a path of destruction in their wake.
Trump had egged on the mob through social media posts where he falsely claimed he lost the election and at a rally earlier Wednesday when he encouraged his supporters to march on Capitol Hill.
Biden laid out the case against Trump, saying ‘the past four years we have had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear in every he has done.’
The president elect noted Trump has spent his presidency attacking the press and intelligence agencies, used the language of ‘autocrats and dictators,’ and tear gassing peaceful protesters in ‘pursuit of a photo opportunity in the service of his re-election’ – a reference to Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square in June to have his photo taken with the bible in front of St. John’s church.
He went on to point out more than 60 judges – including some appointed by Trump – ruled against the president’s election challenges and that the Supreme Court also struck down an attempt to overthrow the results.
He praised the judicial branch for its actions under pressure from the president.
‘Take a look at the pressure it was just subjected to by a sitting president of the United States of America,’ Biden said. ‘At every level the judiciary rose to the moment during this election. Did its job. Acted with complete fairness and impartiality with honor and integrity. When history looks back on this moment we have just passed through I believe it will say our democracy survived in no small part because of the men and women that represent an independent judiciary in this nation.’
He went on to say all of Trump’s actions led to ‘a culmination of attack on the institutions of democracy, this time the congress itself. Inciting a mob to attack the capitol, to threaten elected representatives of the people of this nation and even the vice president to stop the congress from ratifying the will of the American people and just completed free and fair election.’FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA