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Biden says Trump lacked ‘the courage to act’ during January 6 riots

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden denounced his predecessor for failing to try and stop last year’s deadly mob attack on the Capitol, saying on Monday that “Donald Trump lacked the courage to act” Because the hours of “medieval hell” unfolded.

“Every day we rely on law enforcement to save lives. Then, on January 6, we relied on law enforcement to save our democracy,” Biden said in a pre-recorded speech at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ annual convention in Orlando, Florida.

Biden, who is in isolation in the family quarters of the White House after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, previously slammed Trump for helping to incite the crowd with a “net of lies” on January 6, 2021. The 2020 presidential election is marred by widespread voter fraud that never actually happened.

But his comments at the conference were the clearest link between Trump and the rebellion, as a House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol began hearings in June as part of its work to get to the bottom of all that happened. was in

“You saw what happened. The Capitol Police, the DC Metropolitan Police, other law enforcement agencies were attacked and attacked before our very eyes. Biden said, spear, sprayed, stomped, brutal,” said Biden, whose The voice is still hoarse and deeper than usual as he recovers from the effects of the coronavirus.” Lives were lost. And for three hours, the defeated former President of the United States watched it all happen while sitting comfortably in the private dining room next to the Oval Office.

He added that while Trump was “doing this, brave law enforcement officers are under medieval hell for three hours.”

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide to the Trump administration, testified before a January 6 committee about Trump’s anger as he sat in his dining room and watched TV as his plan to reverse the election fell apart .

Biden did not specifically mention the committee’s work during the taped address and has largely avoided the subject before. He said after its inaugural hearing that the work was about “not allowing anyone to hold a dagger to the neck of our democracy”, but also noted that he did not have time to watch the first installment.

The committee held its final summer hearing last week, focusing on Trump’s failure to help disperse the attackers who dismantled the Capitol — even those of top aides and their families. The members asked him to take a call to end the violence.

White House press secretary Caryn Jean-Pierre previously suggested that, while Biden was sometimes able to tune into committee work, he was not able to focus as much on proceedings as he did his job as president. was focused on. Whether Biden has got more time to watch as he recovers from COVID-19 is unclear.

Trump plans to be in Washington on Tuesday to address the America First Agenda Summit, his first return to the nation’s capital since leaving office. Jean-Pierre did not comment on that speech on Monday, saying, “I don’t know what he’s going to talk about.”

In his pre-taped remarks, Biden noted that law enforcement officers during the rebellion were “dripping in blood, surrounded by carnage, face-to-face with a mad mob that believed the defeated president’s lies. Were.”

“The police were the hero that day. Donald Trump lacked the courage to act,” the president said. “The brave women and men in this entire country should never forget this. You cannot be pro insurgency and pro police. You cannot be pro-insurgency and pro-democracy. You cannot be pro-insurgency and pro-American.

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