Jul 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden marks 6 months since Capitol riot "posed an existential crisis"

 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, July 6

President Biden speaking in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden issued a statement marking six months since the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, saying it was "disorder," not dissent, and "posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive."

What he's saying: "Not even during the Civil War did insurrectionists breach our Capitol, the citadel of our democracy. But six months ago today, insurrectionists did," Biden said on Tuesday. "[S]ix months later, we can say unequivocally that democracy did prevail — and that we must all continue the work to protect and preserve it."

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