“At this hour, our democracy is under attack like never before, unlike what we have seen in the present. The invasion of freedom, the Capitol itself,” Biden said, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware.
“This is not a conflict, it is a riot. It is a riot. It is in turmoil, and it must end now. I urge the masses to step back and let the democratic work move forward,” Biden said.
The president-elect called on Trump to appear on national television immediately “to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and call for an end to the blockade.”
Mr Biden said the unrest in the US Capitol did not reflect “true America”, and that they were “acts of” extremists “dedicated to criminal law.”
Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building early in the day after the president called on his’s supporters to fight a referendum that would mark Biden’s victory.
Two weeks after Biden’s inauguration, Wednesday is the day the meeting is expected to finalize the steps involved in the electoral process by counting state votes.
Formed by the results of Georgia’s Senate vote on Wednesday, with two Democrats winning a landslide victory for the Senate-controlled party – creating an opening for Biden’s previously non-existent legislative agenda – Biden is expected to deliver an economic-focused speech. Democrats have said they will send a $ 2,000 stimulus check to Americans as the nation fights a coronavirus outbreak.
But while the Capitol was in turmoil with Trump’s nominee – motivated by the president’s lies about the election being stolen from him – Biden canceled his plans and spoke in Washington.
The gloomy moments prompted Mr. Trump again to divide the divisions that Mr. Biden said he would seek to rebuild, and the intensity of opposition to standardized and now violated the limits of his bid to keep Trump in power.
“Watching the world,” Biden said. Like many other Americans, I am truly shocked and saddened that our nation has long been a light and hope for democracy.
“Through war and conflict, America has endured a lot,” Biden said. “And we will endure here and we will conquer again and we will conquer now.”
Hours after the gates of the Capitol were breached – and after Biden delivered his speech – Trump called on his supporters in the video to “come home” and lied several times about the election being stolen from him. “I know your pain. I know your pain. We have had an election stolen from us,” Trump said in the video.
“You must go home now. We must be at peace,” he said. “We have to have rules and order.”
A Washington, D.C., firefighter says a woman was in critical condition after being shot in the chest within the Capitol, injuring several others and sending several others to the hospital, several sources told CNN.
The entire DC National Guard has been mobilized by the U.S. Department of Defense, with Pentagon Chief Jonathan Hoffman, and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser closing the 6 p.m. ET shutdown.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was monitoring the college election results, was fired.
“Today’s warning is a painful warning, that democracy is weak and to maintain it requires the well-being of the people, those who have the courage to stand up, those who are dedicated not to seek power and personal gain at any cost, but to the common good,” Biden said.
“Think of what our kids watching TV are thinking,” Biden said. “Think about what the rest of the world is watching.”
In the hours before the Capitol was violated, Mr. Trump urged his supporters to protest at the Capitol and also promised to join them, but eventually crossed the line.
Prior to the protests, some Republican lawmakers formally opposed the results of the Arizona state election, the first of at least three expected protests during a counting session during the congressional hearing.
Opposition will not change the outcome of the election, which Biden won a landslide victory in both popular and college elections. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election, but Mr. Trump and his campaign have fueled the absurd theories and false conspiracies that the election was opposed to him.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has strongly condemned the efforts of some of his Republicans and warned of the lasting damage it could cause to the country’s democracy.
“The constitution gives us a limited role in parliament. We can not only declare ourselves the National Electoral Commission on steroids.” “Voters, courts and states have said it all. They have said it all. If we defeat them, it will destroy our republic forever.”
This story has been updated with more information about the events of Wednesday.