Tuesday, January 18

Biden attacks Trump, promises to defend American democracy

(Belga) US President Joe Biden on Thursday promised not to “let anyone put the knife to the throat of American democracy” after accusing his predecessor Donald Trump of “trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power” on January 6 during the assault on the Capitol.

“For the first time in history, a president not only lost an election, he tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power,” assured the Democratic president. He was speaking during a solemn speech in Congress, attacked exactly a year ago by supporters of Donald Trump who were trying to prevent the certification of his victory in the presidential election. Those leading the attack on Capitol Hill, where the US Congress is based, “were not a group of tourists, it was an armed insurgency,” he added. By exposing alleged fraud, “the former President of the United States created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election, he did so because he prefers power to principle,” said Joe Biden , stressing that the former Republican president had “built his lie for months” before the poll. Both in the United States and abroad, “we are engaged in a struggle between democracy and autocracy”, he launched in an offensive speech. “I did not seek this fight” but “I will not slip away”, he continued, before concluding with a promise: “I will not let anyone put the knife under the throat of American democracy”. (Belga)


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