Biden: Trump 'spread a web of lies' about 2020 election
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Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris came together to mark the anniversary of the Capitol Hill riots last year with the current president refusing to hold back in his condemnation of Donald Trump. Mr Biden said Mr Trump had rallied a “violent mob” to protest against the latest election results and Americans must defend the “fragility of democracy”. But Mr Biden became enraged at his predecessor for his role in the riots, saying he created a “web of lies” and valued “power over principle” during a passionate speech to the nation.
Speaking inside the halls of Congress, Mr Biden turned his attention to Mr Trump and raged at the former president for inciting violence.
Mr Biden said in his speech: “Here’s the truth, the former President of the United States has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.
“He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interests more important than his country’s.
“And because his bruised ego matter more to him than our democracy or our constitution.
“He can’t accept he lost, even though that is what 93 senators, his own attorney general, his own vice-president, governors and state officials in every battleground state have all said you lost.
“That’s what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward.
“No president in American history… has ever done, he refused to accept the results of an election.”
Later on in his speech, Mr Biden said the “rage” filled rioters came to the US Capitol and “held a dagger at the throat of America and American democracy”.
He added they all came to serve “one man” and that Mr Trump’s America was run by an “autocratic strongman”.
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Mr Biden also said: “He’s a defeated former president, defeated by a margin of over seven million of your votes in a free and fair election.”
In a fiery conclusion, Mr Biden said the US was “in a battle for the soul of America”.
Mr Trump was due to hold a press conference on January 6 marking the riots but pulled out at the last minute.
Instead, he will be speaking about the riots at a rally in Arizona on January 15.
On January 6, thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed US Congress to try and stop Mr Biden from being formalised into being president.
Over a hundred police officers were injured in the protests with five people dying.
Federal agents arrested 725 suspects involved in the riot so far.
Mr Trump was accused of inciting violence which led to the riot after he delivered a 70-minute speech on January 6.
He claimed “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide” and said he would “stop the steal” which emboldened his supporters.
He added: “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.”
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