On the six-month anniversary of the January 6 Capitol Hill riot, where hundreds of people broke into the Capitol building as congress voted on the electoral college certification, President Joe Biden issued a statement condemning the "disorder" of the day.
"Not even during the Civil War did insurrectionists breach our Capitol, the citadel of our democracy. But six months ago today, insurrectionists did," Biden wrote.
He slammed the "violent and deadly assault" carried out by "insurrectionists" on the people’s house, representatives, and Capitol officers that day.
"This was not dissent. It was disorder. It posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive—a sad reminder that there is nothing guaranteed about our democracy," said Biden.
Biden added that while the day "shocked and saddened the national and the world… we can say unequivocally that democracy did prevail."
Biden urged Americans to continue to work to protect and preserve democracy, "that requires people of goodwill and courage to stand up to the hate, the lies, and the extremism that led to this vicious attack, including determining what happened so that we can remember it and not bury it hoping we forget."
"It requires all of us working together—Democrats, Republicans, and independents—on behalf of the common good to restore decency, honor, and respect for the rule of law. And it impels our government—both the executive and legislative branches—to take the urgent steps needed to protect the fundamental right to vote," he added.
Biden also urged the public to remember "who we are as a nation at our best."
"We are the United States of America, and over the last few months we have shown what we can do when we come together—beat a deadly virus, get our economy going again, and prove that democracy can deliver for the people, Biden wrote.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden expressed their condolences "to the families of the U.S. Capitol Police officers who lost their lives or suffered severely in defense of our democracy. We pray for them and for our nation."
"Together, let us demonstrate to ourselves, and to the world, the enduring strength and the limitless capacity and goodness of who we are as Americans," he concluded.