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Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump for ‘inciting a mob to attack the Capitol’

Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump for ‘inciting a mob to attack the Capitol’ and says if it had been Black Lives Matter protesters they ‘would have been treated very, very differently’

  • Joe Biden blasted President Trump for ‘inciting a mob to attack the Capitol’ 
  • He said if it was Black Lives Matter protesters who had done such a thing, they ‘would have been treated very, very differently’
  • Biden made his remarks when introducing his nominee to be attorney general 
  • ‘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,’ he said 

Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for ‘inciting a mob to attack the Capitol’ 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.

He 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.

Joe Biden blasted President Trump for ‘inciting a mob to attack the Capitol’

Joe Biden laid out the case against President 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'

Joe Biden laid out the case against President 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’

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.’

President-elect Joe Biden called the attack on the Capitol 'one of the darkest days in the history of our nation'

President-elect Joe Biden called the attack on the Capitol ‘one of the darkest days in the history of our nation’

Joe Biden said the insurgents who stormed the building were 'domestic terorrists'

Joe Biden said the insurgents who stormed the building were ‘domestic terorrists’

Biden also argued Black Lives Matter protesters would have been treated differently if they had been the ones to invade the Capitol.

‘No one can tell me that if it had been a group of black lives matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently,’ he said. 

‘We all know that is true. And it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable!,’ he added.

Biden summed up Wednesday’s events in the Capitol – where at least four people died – as ‘one of the darkest days in the history of our nation.’

He said the pro-Trump mob weren’t protesters but ‘domestic terrorists. 

‘It was not protest. It was chaos. They weren’t protesters. Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It is that basic. It is that simple,’ he noted.

Biden then vowed his Justice Department would be independent and not subject to any political pressure.

‘I want to be clear to those who lead this department, who you will serve: you won’t work for me. You are not the president or the vice president’s lawyer. Your loyalty is not to me. It’s to the law, the constitution, the people of this nation, to guarantee justice,’ he said.

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