US President-Elect Joe Biden says the riots by Donald Trump supporters at the Capitol in Washington, DC are not protest, they’re insurrection.
Angry supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the US Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
In a raucous, out-of-control scene, protesters fought past police and breached the building, shouting and waving Trump and American flags as they marched through the halls.
One person was reported shot at the Capitol, according to a person familiar with the situation. That person’s condition was unknown.
In an address to the country, President-Elect Joe Biden called on President Trump to “fulfil his oath, to defend the Constitution, and demand an end of this siege,”
“Our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times,” he said as pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.
“Assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on the people’s representatives, on the Capitol Hill police sworn to protect them, on the public servants who work at the heart of our republic. An assault on the rule of law, like few times we’ve ever seen it. An assault on the most sacred of American undertakings, the doing of the people’s business.”
“The scenes of chaos in the Capitol do not reflect true America, do not represent who we are,” said Biden.
“This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It’s bordering on sedition. And it must end, now. I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.
You’ve heard me say before in a different context, the words of a president matter. No matter how good or bad that president is. At their best, the words of a president can inspire. At their worst, they can incite.
Therefore, I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfill his oath, to defend the constitution, and demand an end to this siege.”
Biden’s speech came after some media reports began to shift coverage from calling the events “protests” to “riots,” as Trump supporters overwhelmed Capitol police and breached the US Capitol building.