Biden calls Trump threat to American democracy on anniversary of Capitol attack

US President Joe Biden has accused his predecessor, Donald Trump, of posing “a continuing threat to democracy.”

Biden was speaking on Thursday at the US Capitol on the anniversary of the brief January 6 occupation of that building by a large crowd of Americans protesting the outcome of the disputed 2020 election.

The Democratic president accused Trump of creating a “web of lies” to pursue “power over principle.”

“We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. Here’s the truth: A former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He’s done so because he values power over principle,” Biden said.

“One year ago today in this sacred place, democracy was attacked. Simply attacked,” Biden said. “The will of the people was under assault. The Constitution, our Constitution, faced the gravest of threats.”

Biden added that “for the first time in our history a president had not just lost the election he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.”

Biden condemned Trump for watching the protest on television “and doing nothing for hours.”

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