Biden recounts the events of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack

In a speech commemorating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, President Biden called it an "armed insurrection." Biden said that speaking the truth about what happened is about making sure the past isn't buried. "That's what great nations do," he said. "They don't bury the truth. They face up to it."

Video transcript

- The real history, the real facts, the real truth. The facts and the truth that Vice President Harris just shared. And that you and I, and the whole world, saw with our own eyes.

The Bible tells us that we shall know the truth, and the truth shall make us free. We shall know the truth. Well, here is the God's truth about January 6th, 2021.

Close your eyes. Go back to that day. What do you see? Rioters rampaging. Waving, for the first time inside this Capitol, confederate flag that symbolized the cause to destroy America. To rip us apart. Even during the Civil War, that never, ever happened. But it happened here, in 2021.

What else do you see? A mob breaking windows, kicking in doors, breaching the Capitol. American flags on poles being used as weapons, as spears. Fire stingers being thrown at the heads of police officers.

A crowd that professes their love for law enforcement assaulted those police officers. Dragged them, sprayed them, stomped on them. Over 140 police officers were injured.

We all heard the police officers who were there that day testify to what happened. One officer called it, quote, a med-- medieval battle. And that he was more afraid that day than he was fighting the war in Iraq.

They have repeatedly asked, since that day, how dare anyone, anyone, diminish, belittle, or deny the hell they were put through. We saw, with our own eyes, rioters menace these halls. Threatening the life of the Speaker of the House. Literally erecting gallows to hang the Vice President of the United States of America.

What did we not see? We didn't see a former President-- who had just rallied the mob to attack-- sitting in a private dining room off the Oval Office in the White House, watching it all on television. And doing nothing, for hours, as police were assaulted, lives at risk, the nation's capital under siege.

This wasn't a group of tourists. This was an armed insurrection. They weren't looking to uphold the will of the people, they were looking to deny the will of the people. They weren't looking to uphold-- they weren't looking to uphold a free and fair election, they were looking to overturn one.

They weren't looking to save the cause of America, they were looking to subvert the Constitution. This isn't about being bogged down in the past, it's about making sure the past isn't buried. That's the only way forward.

That's what great nations do. They don't bury the truth, they face up to it. Sounds like hyperbole, but that's the truth. They face up to it.

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