WASHINGTON — President Biden on Monday condemned former President Donald J. Trump’s refusal to intervene decisively to prevent an attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, declaring that his predecessor “lacked the courage to act.” ” and betrayed the police officers he claimed to be. support
Mr. Biden, who has largely avoided discussing the Jan. 6 investigation by the former president or the House Select Committee, weighed in during a statement to an organization representing black law enforcement leaders.
“The police were the heroes that day,” the president said in videotaped remarks from the White House residence, where he is recovering from Covid-19. “Donald Trump didn’t have the guts to act. The brave women and men of this nation must never forget that. You can’t be pro-insurgency and pro-police. You can’t be pro-insurgency and pro-democracy. You Supporters of rebellion and supporters of America cannot be.
The president’s comments came just four days after a House committee wrapped up its summer hearings series with a prime-time meeting to outline Mr. Trump’s inaction as crowds of supporters counted Electoral College votes. stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop Sealing his re-election defeat. Mr. Trump did not call his vice president, his defense secretary, his military chief, his attorney general, his homeland security secretary or anyone else to send help to the Capitol that day.
Instead, testimony showed, Mr. Trump spent the afternoon watching the violence on Fox News and resisting aides who kept urging him to take action. A call from a Pentagon official to coordinate a response initially went unanswered because “the president didn’t want to do anything,” according to a White House lawyer whose account was presented during the hearing. ” The tweets and video he eventually released did not condemn the attack and in some cases seemed to add fuel to the fire.
Key revelations from the January 6 hearings
Mr. Trump and his allies have no role in the committee’s proceedings because Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican leader, did not appoint anyone to the panel after Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected some of their initial picks. Opted against inclusion. The president has not otherwise denied the account of his refusal to act that day.
But his political action committee posted an article Monday recalling a Pentagon inspector general’s report last November that said Mr. Trump had told his defense secretary three days before Jan. 6 that many Protesters are coming and they should make sure there is enough security. Make it a safe event.
As the hearings have ended, Mr. Biden has largely not commented, much less addressed Mr. Trump by name, focusing instead on his own agenda. But some Democrats are disappointed that he has been so quiet on the issue.
Mr. Biden didn’t seem at all biased in Monday’s remarks about the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, delivered from a lecture with the presidential seal and an American flag behind him.
“On January 6, we relied on law enforcement to protect our democracy,” the president said. “We saw what happened. The Capitol Police, the D.C. Metropolitan Police, other law enforcement agencies were assaulted and assaulted before our eyes. Spearing, spraying, slapping, brutality. Lives were lost. And three For hours, the defeated former president of the United States sat comfortably in the private dining room next to the Oval Office and watched it all unfold.
“While he was doing that,” Mr. Biden added, “the brave law enforcement officers were subjected to three hours of medieval hell, dripping with blood, surrounded by carnage, surrounded by a maddened mob.” There were those in front who believed in the lies of the defeated people. President.”