Six months after the “storming” of the Capitol, U.S. President Joe Biden called on Americans to unite “for the common good.” His statement was published July 6 on the White House website.
“Six months later, we can say unequivocally that democracy has indeed prevailed and that we must all continue to work to protect and preserve it. It requires people of good will and courage to confront the hatred, lies and extremism that led to this vicious attack, including defining what happened so that we can remember it and not bury the event in hopes of forgetting it,” Biden said.
He said Democrats, Republicans and independents must work together for the common good to restore decency, honor and respect for the rule of law.
“This prompts our government – both the executive and legislative branches – to take the urgent steps necessary to protect the basic right to vote,” the U.S. president stressed.
The American leader drew attention to the fact that “over the past several months, U.S. citizens have shown what they can do when they unite. According to Biden, Americans have managed to defeat a deadly virus, rebuild the economy and prove that “democracy can benefit people.”
“Let us show ourselves and the world together the enduring strength, the limitless possibilities and the goodness of who we are as Americans,” Biden summed up.
He also, along with his wife Jill, offered condolences to the families of police officers who were killed or seriously injured during the Capitol assault.
On January 6, supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump rioted in Washington. During the protests, they stormed the Capitol, where congressmen were approving Biden’s victory in the presidential election. There were clashes with police, in which dozens of people on both sides were injured. Five people were killed, including one law enforcement officer.