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Biden: Capitol Riot 'The Worst Attack on Our Democracy Since the Civil War'

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President Joe Biden is declaring the riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

“Tonight, I come to talk about crisis — and opportunity. About rebuilding our nation — and revitalizing our democracy. And winning the future for America,” Biden said during his first address to Congress on Wednesday night.

He continued, “I stand here tonight — one day shy of the 100th day of my administration. One-hundred days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible, and inherited a nation … in crisis.”

The president said:

“The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

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See Biden’s remarks below:

Biden continued in his speech:

“Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength. Life can knock us down. But in America, we never stay down. In America, we always get up. And today, that’s what we’re doing: America is rising anew. Choosing hope over fear. Truth over lies. Light over darkness. After 100 Days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff. We are working again. Dreaming again. Discovering again. Leading the world again. We have shown each other and the world: There is no quit in America.”

Biden’s address to Congress will make history as two women — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Vice President Kamala Harris — will be sitting behind him while he is at the podium.

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