On Thursday, President-elect Joe Biden called President Donald Trump’s supporters who protested on Capitol Hill and broke into the Capitol building “domestic terrorists.”
Biden said in a speech, “They weren’t protesters — don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists.”
Biden made his comments during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, where the President-elect introduce his nominations for the Department of Justice.
Biden said that no one should be surprised by Wednesday’s chaos.
“I wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming, but that isn’t true … the past four years we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear in everything he has done,” Biden said.
The President-elect said that Wednesday in Washington, DC was one of the “darkest days” in American history describing it as “an assault literally on the citadel of liberty.”
Biden also claimed Capitol Police did not to carry out “equal justice” by allowing the protesters to enter Congress.
He used a photo given to him by his granddaughter, Finnigan Biden, that showed military soldiers guarding the Lincoln Memorial from Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer.
Biden said, disapprovingly, “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very, differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.”
Biden blamed Trump for harming American democracy, saying, “Yesterday was but the culmination of that unrelenting attack.”
The President-elect also accused Trump of “trying to use a mob” to overturn 160 million votes cast in 2020.
“Our Democratic institutions are not relics of another age, they’re what sets this nation apart, they’re the guardrails of our democracy, and that’s why we have no president that’s a king,” Biden said.
Biden’s use of “domestic terrorists” finds its place post-Capitol Hill protest along with words like “insurrection,” “coup,” and “sedition.”
Some have speculated that framing the events in such a way could be followed by a crackdown on civil liberties under a Biden administration.
Progressive journalist and civil libertarian Glenn Greenwald wrote on Thursday, “Yesterday’s invasion of the Capitol by a Trump-supporting mob has certainly generated intense political passion and pervasive rage.”
Noting that the Capitol Hill protest is being described by powerful Democrats as a ‘terrorist’ act, Greenwald added, “Beyond raising alarms about civil liberties erosions, I also often insisted that the underlying causes of terrorism aimed at the U.S. should be considered if for no other reason than to understand how to address it without destroying core liberties for Americans.”
Those core liberties are featured in the Bill of Rights and belong to all Americans.
Pray that we never lose them – especially when they are in danger in times of fear.
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