Capitol rioters are 'domestic terrorists' - US President Elect Joe Biden

Capitol rioters are 'domestic terrorists' - US President Elect Joe Biden


The US President-elect Joe Biden had harsh words for the pro-Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol, as well as for President Trump himself, blaming him squarely for the violence.

Biden: ‘They weren’t protesters … They were … domestic terrorists’

“What we witnessed yesterday was not dissent, it was not disorder, it was not protest. It was chaos,” Biden said Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware. “They weren’t protestors. Don’t dare call them protestors. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists.”

“I wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming. But that isn’t true. We could see it coming.”

“The past four years, we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for democracy, our constitution, the rule of law, clear in everything he has done,” Biden continued.

“He’s unleashed an all-out assault of our institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was the culmination of that unrelenting attack.”

The storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump has prompted calls by some legislators to remove him from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20.

The chaotic scenes unfolded after Republican Trump, who has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, addressed thousands of protesters and repeated unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him.Four people died and 64 were arrested as protesters entered the building.

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House Speaker Pelosi calls for Trump’s removal, Pence to take over as US president

House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling for the removal of President Trump through emergency constitutional procedures under the 25th Amendment.

“We are in a very difficult place in our country as long as Donald Trump still sits in the White House,” Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol.

“By inciting sedition as he did yesterday, he must be removed from office,” Pelosi, a Democrat, said.

“The president must be held accountable again,” she said, adding she expects to hear an answer from Vice President Mike Pence “yes or no’ whether he will move to replace Trump.

Pelosi also said she had called for and expected to receive the resignation of Steven Sund, the chief of the US Capitol Police following the security failure at the Capitol.