President Joe Biden attacked Donald Trump on Monday for failing ‘to act’ on January 6th, telling a group of black law enforcement executives that ‘you can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-cop.’
In his remarks, where Biden repeatedly praised police officers, the president closed his speech by bringing up his predecessor and his actions on the day Congress certified the 2020 election.
‘We saw what happened. The Capitol Police, the DC Metropolitan Police or other law enforcement agencies were attacked and assaulted before our very eyes – speared sprayed, stomped on, brutalized, lives were lost,’ Biden said of the Janaury 6th insurrection.
‘The defeated former president of the United States watched it all happen as he sat in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office,’ he said.
He then went in for the kill.
‘The police were heroes that day. Donald Trump lacked the courage to act,’ Biden said.
‘The brave women and men in blue all across this nation should never forget that. You can’t be pro insurrection and pro cop,’ he told the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Conference in virtual remarks.
‘You can’t be pro insurrection and pro democracy. You can’t be pro insurrection and pro American,’ Biden said.
President Joe Biden attacked Donald Trump for failing ‘to act’ on January 6th, telling a group of black law enforcement executives that ‘you can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-cop’
President Donald Trump addressing supporters outside the White House on Jan. 6
Biden was scheduled to be in Florida to make his speech in person but the remarks were changed to virtual after he tested positive for covid.
His attacks come as Trump has not ruled out another run for president in 2024. Biden has said he will seek a second term.
He cited Trump’s actions as they were revealed in the dramatic hearings being held on Capitol Hill by the House committee investigating the insurrection.
During Thursday evening’s primetime hearing, the January 6 committee showed an image of former President Trump standing in the Oval Office after his rally outside the White House on the day of the insurrectino before he moved into the dining room where he watched the Capitol riot play out on TV for hours.
Thursday night’s primetime hearing was dedicated to the 187 minutes between Trump wrapping up his remarks on the Ellipse – where he goaded supporters to match on the Capitol – until his tepid video statement asking them to go home.
Committee members noted how there were no photos of Trump as he sat watching Fox News Channel in the White House dining room for more than three hours, nor were there entries on an official call log of White House diary.
What witnesses did tell committee members was that White House officials, including Ivanka Trump and Counsel Pat Cipollone, urged the president to make a statement to supporters to stop the attack.
‘The mob was accomplishing President Trump’s purpose so of course he didn’t intervene,’ said committee member, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger. ‘President Trump did not fail to act during the 187 minutes between leaving the Ellipse and telling the mob to go home – he chose not to act.’
‘The police were heroes that day. Donald Trump lacked the courage to act,’ President Joe Biden said of the January 6th insurrection
The January 6 committee showed an image of former President Donald Trump standing in the Oval Office after the Ellipse rally on January 6 – before he moved into the White House dining room for three-plus hours while supporters ransacked the U.S. Capitol
Virginia Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria said that ‘within 15 minutes of leaving the stage President Trump knew that the Capitol was besieged and under attack.’
But committee witnesses testified that Trump never made calls to beef up a security response.
Instead, former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany testifed to the committee that Trump had asked her for a list of senators he could call, in an effort to have them contest the Electoral College count.
Trump eventually did put out a video message – tweeting it out at 4:17 p.m.
The committee showed outtakes of Trump filming the video, along with photos of him alongside aides making it.
‘I know your pain. I know your hurt,’ Trump tells his supporters in the footage shown to the committee. ‘We had an election that was stolen from us,’ Trump continues, falsely claiming it was a ‘landslide.’
Trump later sent out another tweet – at 6:01 p.m.
‘These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!’
The January 6 House select committee also shared outtakes of an address Trump made to the nation on January 7.
‘I don’t want to say the election is over,’ Trump says in one of the clips. ‘I just want to say Congress has certified the results without saying the election is over.’
The former commander-in-chief is shown getting tongue-tied.
‘Yesterday is a hard word for me,’ he says at one point, with daughter Ivanka Trump heard outside the frame recommending he remove it.
He also struggles to read the teleprompter.
‘I can’t see it very well,’ he complains.