Advertisement

Joe Biden calls on Donald Trump to 'step up,' end 'siege' on Capitol

President-elect Joe Biden, seen on a television screen in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, calls on President Donald Trump to end the violence at the U.S. Capitol. UPI Photo
President-elect Joe Biden, seen on a television screen in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, calls on President Donald Trump to end the violence at the U.S. Capitol. UPI Photo | License Photo

Jan. 6 (UPI) -- President-elect Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump to "step up" and appear on national television to put an end to violent protests at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Speaking from Wilmington, Del., Biden decried the "unprecedented assault unlike anything we've ever seen in our times." He described the Trump supporters who breached police barricades and entered the Capitol as "a small number of extremists."

Advertisement

"Let me be very clear. The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America," he said.

"I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege," Biden added.

RELATED Pro-Trump protesters breach police line, descend on Capitol

Shortly after, Trump released a recorded message urging his supporters to "go home."

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers debated certification of the electoral votes that gave Biden the presidency in November.

The violence forced Capitol Police to evacuate the building, bringing the certification process to a halt.

Advertisement
RELATED Watch live: Vote certification halted as Capitol protests spur lockdown

Biden described the certification as a "sacred ritual."

"The purpose is to affirm the majesty of the American democracy," he said. "Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile."

Biden closed his remarks by quoting President Abraham Lincoln:

RELATED George W. Bush to attend Biden's inauguration; Carter won't make trip

"We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just -- a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless."

Biden added: "The way here is plain, too. It's the way of democracy, of respect, of decency, of honor.

"There's never been anything we can't do when we do it together."

Donald Trump supporters breach Capitol, riot over election results

Supporters of President Donald Trump riot against the Electoral College vote count on Wednesday in protest of Trump's loss to President-elect Joe Biden, prompting a lockdown of the Capitol Building. Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI | License Photo

Latest Headlines