United States President Joe Biden directly blamed former President Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in a speech marking the first anniversary of the riot.
Without mentioning Trump’s name through the entire speech, Biden accused Trump of creating and spreading a “web of lies” about the 2020 election that incited the riot.
“He has done what no president in American history — the history of this country — has ever, ever done: He refused to accept the results of an election and the will of the American people,” Biden said from the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
Biden further said that Trump and his supporters “held a dagger at the throat of American democracy” and were “trying to rewrite history” when a mob attacked the Capitol a year ago in an attempt to overturn the presidential election results.
“The former president and his supporters have decided the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections. It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic. And frankly, it’s un-American,” Biden said.
When asked by reporters after his speech why he did not name Trump, Biden said that he “did not want to turn it into a contemporary political battle” between the two of them.
Biden has repeatedly called the Jan. 6 insurrection as one of the darkest days in U.S. history.
Biden will deliver a separate speech on voting rights legislation on Jan. 11 in Atlanta.
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