‘One of the darkest days in the history of our nation’: Biden

The day after pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S Capitol, President-elect Joe Biden called the violent protests an “unprecedented assault on our democracy.”
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Yesterday. My view. Will darkest days history orange. On precedent assault on democracy. The sole. Movies on the citadel. Liberty. In the United States cap itself. An assault. On the rule of law. An assault. On the most sacred of American undertakings. Ratifies. The will of the people. In choosing the leadership of their government. All of us here grieve the loss of life. Grieve. The desecration of the people's house. But we witness yesterday was not to sent. It was not disorder. It was not protest. It was chaos. They were protesters. Don't dare call them protests there were a riotous mop. Insurrections. Domestic terrorists. It's that basic it's that simple. We wished we. Could say we couldn't see it coming. But that isn't true. We could see it coming. The past four years read a president. Who's made his contempt for our democracy. Our constitution. The rule of law clear. Did everything he has done. He unleashed. An all out assault on ours to tuitions of our democracy from the outset and yesterday was but the culmination of that aren't really ready to attack. He's attacked the free press. Who dared to question his power. Repeatedly calling to free press the enemy of the people. Language at the time we first years and I and others said has long been used by ought to cracks and dictators all over the world. To hold on to power. He ended B of the people. Language. That is being used now by autocratic dictators across the world only this time within a broader. When outgoing president. Of the United States of America. He's attacked our intelligence service. Who dare tell the American people the truth. But the effort of a far power to elect him four years ago. Choosing instead. To believe the word of Latimer a potent. Over the word of those who have sworn girls ages. You do this nation. Many of whom would risk their lives. In the service of this nation. He deployed. United states military. Tear gas seemed peaceful protesters. In pursuit of up photo opportunity. In the service of his reelection. Even holding a Bible upside down. The action. That led to an apology from the chairman. Of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And I'm outspoken. Denunciation. Of the use of military. For domestic political purposes from scorers. Scores of former military leaders. And secretaries of defense. Led by secretary Cheney. He thought he can stack the courts. With friendly judges. Would support him no matter what. They were trump judges his judges. Lot so far to say needed nine justices on the Supreme Court because because he thought the election would end up. In the Supreme Court and they would hand him the election. He was starting. Truly started. When the judges he appointed. Didn't do his bidding instead actor with the integrity. Following the constitution. Upholding the rule of law not just warrants or twice or three times. But over sixty. Tar beset over sixty times. More than sixty cases. Is state after state after state. That at the Supreme Court is judges including people considered quote his judges charmed judges. Use his words. Looked at the allegations at trump was making eight. Determined they were about any merit. Nothing. Was judged. To put this election in question or doubt or any of these judges. Want to understand the importance of democratic institutions this country. Take a look at the judiciary in this nation. Take a look at the pressure. It was just subjected to it by sitting president of the United States of America. At every level. Judiciary roads in the moment during this election. Did its job. Acted with complete fairness and impartiality. With complete honor and integrity. History looks back and small with his just we've just passed through. I believe we'll say our democracy survived no small part. Because the men and women who represented an independent judiciary this nation. We owe them and deep deep Democrat. Then there's an attack on the Department of Justice. Treating me cherry generalize this person Warner in the department uses personal Waugh. Through at all. We hear the same thing from which this president. Y Jones. Y judges. Why attorney general. And then yesterday. A culmination attack and our institutions of democracy. This time the congress itself. Inciting a mob to attack the capital. To threaten elective representatives. Of the people of this nation and even the vice president. To stop the congress. Ratifying the will of the American people. And it just completed free and fair election. Trying to use a mop. To silence the voices of nearly 160. Million Americans. Who summon the courage. In the face of pandemic that threaten their health and their lives to cast. That sacred ballot. I made it clear from the womb when I entered this race. What I believe was at stake. I said there is nothing less. At stake than who we are as a nation. What we stand for what we believe. What we will be. If this shattered that belief is one of the oldest principle in this nation. As long held. Where government of laws. Not of men out of the people. Of laws. I said it many times in the campaign. Are dedicated our democratic institutions not relics of another age. What set this nation apart. For the guard rails of our democracy. There's no present. And that's why there is no press. Who's a king. No congress. It's a hostile wars. A judiciary. Doesn't serve the will of the president. Or just to protect him or her. We have three co equal branches of government. Co equal. Our president is not above the law. Justice serves the people. It doesn't protect the powerful. Justice is blind. We saw yesterday. In plain view is another violation of the fundamentals tended to stage. Not only do we see the failure to protect one of three princes or government. We also saw clear failure carry out equal justice. Should be used to say this as an excuse a point of personal privilege. Little over an hour and a half after the chaos started I got a text. From my granddaughter Finnegan Biden senior. Note last semester. University Pennsylvania. She sent me photo. Of military people. And full military gear. Scores of them. Outlining the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Because. Of protests by black lives matter. She should pop. This isn't fair. No one can tell me. That it had been a group of black lives matter protest yesterday. It wouldn't have been they would have been treated very very different. The mob thoughts. Stormed the capital. We know well that that's true. And it is gone except to totally unacceptable. America people sought. Plain view. Corporate sensitize them what we have to do. Not many people know. Justice Karla and I were talking talked about they keep rates. The reason for the just forms form in the first place. Was back in the 1870. We did have a just or. Cap. It was foreign 187. To enforce the civil rights amendment the grew out of the civil war. Thirteenth fourteenth and fifteenth amounts. To stand up to the client. Stand up to racist. To take our domestic terrorists. This original spared while must again. Guidant. And it made its work. So as we stand here today. We do so in the wake of yesterday's events. That's that could not or had vividly demonstrated. Some of the most important work re have to do in this nation. Committed ourselves to the rule of law passed which invigorate eat our domestic and democratic institutions. Carried out equal justice under longer.

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