Joe Biden accuses Trump of instigating Capitol attacks

In his Jan. 6 anniversary speech, Biden claims Trump seeks “revenge and retribution”.

President Joe Biden, in a pivotal campaign speech marking the three-year anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attacks, levied severe accusations against his potential 2024 election adversary, Republican Donald Trump.

Biden accused Trump of orchestrating the violent events and subsequent retreat to the White House while leaving others to carry out the chaos he incited.

In his first major campaign address of the year, Biden intensified his focus on Trump’s alleged role in the insurrection, strategically spotlighting this issue amid queries about his handling of the U.S. economy and acknowledging concerns about his age, at 81, compared to Trump’s age of 77.

Biden strongly condemned Trump’s motives for seeking re-election, asserting that Trump’s bid is rooted in a desire for “revenge and retribution” against political adversaries, paralleling Trump’s language to that of “Nazi Germany.” He emphasized Trump’s disparaging references to opponents as “vermin” and questioned Trump’s moral authority.

Promising to prioritize the defense, safeguarding, and perpetuation of democracy, Biden suggested that a vote for Trump could equate to a vote for a dictatorship. He warned the American populace that the core principles of democracy and personal freedoms were at stake in the upcoming election.

Former President Trump, a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, persistently contested the outcome of the 2020 election, which led to his supporters storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, resulting in fatalities and injuries and in his current ban on primary ballots in Maine and Colorado, although this is being disputed.

Biden expressed disappointment in the shift among some Republican figures and media commentators who initially condemned the events of Jan. 6 but have now withdrawn their support, attributing this change to political factors such as fear and financial incentives.

Ahead of his speech at a Pennsylvania community college, Biden drew parallels between Trump’s reluctance to concede power and George Washington’s voluntary departure after two terms as the first U.S. president.

In response to Biden’s address, the Trump campaign released an advertisement accusing Biden of undermining democracy. They referenced an ongoing investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith, who has charged Trump with attempting to unlawfully manipulate the 2020 election results.

Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, defended the Justice Department’s handling of these cases, emphasizing adherence to established investigative norms and upholding the rule of law.

While Biden’s impassioned speech aimed to influence public opinion, its impact in a deeply divided nation, where information sources diverge significantly, remains uncertain. The upcoming 2024 election, predicted to be fiercely contested, is seen as critical, with Pennsylvania being a key battleground state for Biden’s campaign.

Despite Biden’s efforts to address concerns about the economy and his age among his supporters, these issues continue to linger as focal points of contention.

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