President-elected Joe Biden spoke out Wednesday after a mob stormed the Capitol building, leading to members of Congress to be evacuation to another location.
Biden, joined by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made their remarks from his transition center at the Queen on Market Street in downtown Wilmington.
Both Harris and Biden took note of the contrast between the treatment of the largely white mob that stormed the Capitol and Black Lives Matters demonstrators in Washington, D.C. and other cities earlier in the year.
The former Vice President and long-time U.S. Senator from Delaware took Trump to task for not accepting the results of the election and for what he described as assaults on democracy.
Biden discussed the nomination for federal judge Merrick Garland for the post of Attorney General and the picks for top positions in the Justice Department.
Garland was nominated at the end of the term of President Barack Obama, but could not be confirmed, due to opposition to Senate Republicans.
Vice President-elect Harris and the nominees for Justice Department positions spoke at the event in Wilmington.
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Following the remarks by Biden and Harris, Trump issued a video statement Thursday night condemning the storming of the building and again pledging a peaceful transfer of power. Trump had earlier advised the mob to leave the Capitol adding that “We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”
Trump’s actions leading up to the riot that included remarks made at a rally proceeding a march to the Capitol drew intense criticism throughout the day, with many demands for his removal from office.
Trump had been banned, at least temporarily, from social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. His Twitter ban expired on Thursday and he was allowed to resume his tweets.