Joe Biden characterized the mob that rioted at the U.S Capital as domestic terrorists and referred to the incident as “one of the darkest days in the history of our nation”
“Don’t dare call them protesters,” Mr. Biden said in remarks from Wilmington, Del. “They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple.”
Biden blamed Trump for inciting the riots, claiming that he had “unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of democracy.”
“The past four years, we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution and the rule of law clear in everything he has done,” said Biden.
Biden is planning on passing a law against domestic terrorism. There is currently not a generic federal crime of domestic terrorism. Some states have passed laws creating domestic terrorism charges at the state level.
He has also been urged to create a White House post “overseeing the fight against ideologically inspired violent extremists and increasing funding to combat them,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Current federal law defines domestic terrorism as “Dangerous and illegal acts intended to coerce a population or influence the government.”
Biden claims that law enforcement would have handled Black Lives Matter differently than Trump supporters had they stormed Capitol Hill. We all know that’s true,” said Biden “And it’s unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.”
Capital Police fatally shot a woman during the attack and three others died of “medical emergencies.” Police stated that 14 officers were injured, including one who died, and more than 80 arrests were made as of Thursday morning.
Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, The Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, wants the TSA and FBI to add those involved with the U.S Capitol riots to the No Fly List.
“This should include all individuals identified as having entered the Capitol building—an intrusion which threatened the safety of Members of Congress and staff and served as an attack on our Nation,” said Thompson in a statement.
“We already saw reports of ‘unruly mobs’ in air on the way to Washington, D.C.,” said Thompson. “It does not take much imagination to envision how they might act out on their way out of D.C. if allowed to fly unfettered. This is an action that TSA and the FBI, by law, are able to take but, to my knowledge, have not yet taken. Alleged perpetrators of a domestic terrorist attack who have been identified by the FBI should be held accountable.”