On January 6, the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riots, President Biden took the opportunity to condemn former president, Donald Trump in a forceful speech.

He spoke out against the rioters, who Trump once deemed as “patriots.”

“Is that what you thought when you looked at the mob ransacking the Capitol, destroying property, literally defecating in the hallways, rifling through desks of senators and representatives, hunting down members of Congress?” Biden said. “Patriots? Not in my view.”

“Those who stormed this Capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on them to do so,” the president added, “held a dagger at the throat of America, at American democracy.”

Biden went on to accuse Trump of being the first president to disrespect the democracy and the election’s results which resulted in prevention of a peaceful transition of power.

Trump didn’t hesitate to respond to Biden’s attacks.

“They’re the ones who tried to stop the peaceful transfer with a rigged election,” Trump said. “Just look at the numbers. Does anybody really think that Biden beat Obama with the Black population in select Swing State cities, but nowhere else? That he would lose 18 out of 19 bellwether counties, and 27 out of 27 ‘toss up’ House races, but somehow miraculously receive the most votes in American history with no coattails? That he would lose Florida, Ohio, and Iowa and win, even though it has never been done before?”

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney were the only Republicans in attendance at the moment of silence for events of January 6, 2021. The Republicans either stayed away or were out of town for the funeral for longtime Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia).

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) condemned the violence of the attacks and added his opinion on the president’s speech.

“President Biden and Vice President Harris’s speeches today,” Graham wrote in a tweet, “were an effort to resurrect a failed presidency more than marking the anniversary of a dark day in American history.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) chimed in, too.

“It was Donald Trump’s big lie that soaked our political landscape in kerosene,” Schumer said. “It was Donald Trump’s rally on the Mall that struck the match. And then came the fire.”

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