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President-elect Joe Biden offered a scathing rebuke of the hundreds of pro-Trump rioters who continued to storm the U.S. Capitol Complex and disrupted the official declaration of the 2020 election results earlier on Wednesday.
Biden, who will become the U.S. president on Jan. 20, castigated the rioters and called upon law enforcement to quell violence in Washington.
“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times,” the president-elect said from Wilmington, Delaware.
“Let me be very clear: The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America, do not represent who we are,” he added.
Biden did not spare President Donald Trump.
The president-elect implored Trump to make a public and vocal announcement and demand the rioters leave the Capitol immediately.
“I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege,” Biden said.
But just minutes after the conclusion of Biden’s remarks, Trump posted a video to his Twitter account that falsely challenged the legitimacy of the 2020 election but nonetheless asked the pro-Trump mob to “go home.”
“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side,” Trump said in the video. “But you have to go home now, we have to have peace.”