U.S. President Biden Condemns Trump's 'Web of Lies' on Capitol Riot

- 07 January 2022 18:28 WIB
Illustration: U.S. President Joe Biden (Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore) (Gage Skidmore)
Illustration: U.S. President Joe Biden (Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore) (Gage Skidmore)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - U.S. President Joe Biden delivered a harsh statement on the first anniversary of the Capitol attack. He condemned the violence that happened last year and accused his predecessor Donald Trump of "creating and spreading a web of misinformation about the 2020 election", Reuters reported today.

According to Biden, Trump's false claims that the election was stolen from him can undermine democracy and potentially compromise future elections. The comments were made in the same building where rioters smashed windows, attacked police, and forced lawmakers to flee for their lives on January 6, 2021.

One year ago, a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, aiming to prevent Congress from certifying Biden's 2020 election victory.

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In his 25-minute speech, Biden avoided mentioning his predecessor's name at all, telling reporters afterward that he was focusing on threats to the country's political system rather than Trump personally.

The Democratic Party, a few Republican lawmakers, and independent analysts have said that Trump's ongoing denials may make future U.S. transfers of power less peaceful, especially when they involve narrower margins than the 2020 election that Biden won by seven million votes nationwide.

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A candlelight prayer vigil marked the end of the official event of the anniversary. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led dozens of Democratic lawmakers holding lights in a moment of silence on the steps of the capitol.

Nearby, about 40 inmates charged in connection with the assault of January 6 held a vigil at the D.C. jail.

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Editor: Mukhtar Wijaya

Source: apnews, reuters.com

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