By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
WASHINGTON (Worthy News) – U.S. President Joe Biden blamed Donald J. Trump for last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., prompting an angry response from his predecessor. “This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed,” Trump said in a statement monitored by Worthy News.
“Biden, who is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open Borders, corrupt Elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures, used my name today to try to further divide America,” Trump added.
Biden said in a speech to the nation that Trump “created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election” amid allegations of fraud.
“For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power,” he added.
Trump maintains the 2020 election was tainted by widespread fraud despite Congress confirming the results.
Amid tensions over the elections, angry crowds claiming to be Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, while a joint Congress counted the electoral votes.
By the end of the day, five people were dead and hundreds of police officers injured.
Trump “tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden stressed. “You can’t love your country only when you win,” he added about what was seen as the worst attack on U.S. democracy since the Civil War.
His voice reverberating throughout the ornate Statuary Hall where rioters had laid siege, the president called on Americans to remember what they saw on January 6: the mob attacking police, breaking windows, a Confederate flag inside the Capitol, gallows erected outside threatening to hang the Vice President.
“My fellow Americans, in life there’s truth and, tragically, there are lies — lies conceived and spread for profit and power,” he said.
“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie, and here’s the truth: the former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”
Biden, whose own approval ratings plunged to 44 percent according to surveys, claimed that Trump spread lies “because he values power over principle.”
Trump also spread falsehoods “because he sees his own interests as more powerful than his country’s interests. Because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution,” Biden added.
He also lashed out at Trump supporters, further underscoring deep division among Americans about the direction of their nation.
“The former president’s supporters are trying to rewrite history. They want you to see Election Day as the day of insurrection and the riot that took place here on January 6 as a true expression of the will of the people,” Biden stressed. “Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America? I cannot.”
The speech was condemned by Trump, who has denied wrongdoing and claimed that Biden was hiding his own incompetence.
“Biden is working hard to try and deflect the incompetent job he is doing and has done, on the horrible Afghanistan withdrawal (surrender), the Borders, COVID, Inflation, loss of Energy Independence, and much more,” Trump wrote. “Everything he touches turns to failure. That’s what you get when you have a rigged election,” he added in remarks monitored by Worthy News.
Back in Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives held a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the 6 January riot.
“These events are intended as an observance of reflection, remembrance, and recommitment, in a spirit of unity, patriotism, and prayerfulness,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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