The storming of the Capitol in January 2021 was an armed insurrection. That’s what current U.S. leader Joe Biden said on Thursday, January 6, speaking to Congress.
“This place (the Capitol. – Ed.) was attacked. People’s lives were threatened. The nation’s capital was under siege. This was not a group of tourists. This was an armed uprising,” said Biden.
The president also accused former head of state Donald Trump of trying to prevent a peaceful transition of power in the country.
“For the first time in history, a president didn’t just lose an election, he tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power when a violent gang attacked the Capitol. But they didn’t win <...> His sick ego (Trump. – Ed.) means more to him than our democracy,” Biden added.
Earlier in the day, New York Governor Kathy Hochul instructed that state flags be lowered in honor of the defenders of the Capitol building a year ago. She also thanked the brave individuals who “put their lives on the line to protect public safety.”
On January 7, 2020, the U.S. Congress approved the election of Democrat Joe Biden as president of the United States. The procedure took place amid riots in Washington. On January 6, supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump held a rally, after which they stormed the Capitol building, which disrupted the approval of the results of the presidential election held in November. Five people, including a police officer, were the victims of the riot.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation later opened more than 160 criminal cases. The punishment for some of the charges related to the Capitol assault could be up to 20 years in prison.