Amid violent protests at the US Capitol, President-elect Joe Biden gave a forceful condemnation of the pro-Trump demonstration.
The protests came as members of Congress were set to count the Electoral College votes. But a number of GOP members of Congress were set to present objections to the Electoral College count.
“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault,” Biden said. “Unlike anything we have seen in modern time. An assault on the citadel of liberty. The Capitol itself.”
Biden challenged President Donald Trump to give a more forceful condemnation of the protests.
“I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the constitution and end this siege,” Biden said.
“The world's watching. Like so many other Americans, I am shocked and saddened that our nation, so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy, has come to such a dark moment,” Biden added.
Moments after Biden's address, Trump released a brief statement on Twitter telling protesters to go home while repeating his unfounded claims the election was stolen from him.
In two weeks, Biden is set to be sworn in at the Capitol.
“I am not concerned about my safety, security, or the inauguration. I’m not concerned. The American people are going to stand up, stand up now. Enough is enough is enough," Biden said.