Joe Biden Called On Donald Trump to "Step Up" Amid Violent Capitol Hill Mob
The President-elect called on Trump to "demand an end to this siege," and said, "At this hour, our Democracy is under unprecedented assault."
"It must end. Now," he said. "I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward."
"Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of good will. Leaders who are willing to stand up, that are devoted, not to the pursuit of power … but to the common good."
"President Trump, step up," he concluded his speech. Then as he left the staged he looked back and reporters and said, "Enough is enough is enough."
According to CNN, a pro-Trump mob pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol on Wednesday shortly after 1 p.m. ET, following Trump's encouragement his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of electoral votes that confirmed Biden's win.
New York Magazine called it "a violent crescendo to Trump's coup attempt and a clean break with a centuries-old tradition of the peaceful transfer of power."
CNN reported that a woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds. According to the outlet, the Senate floor was cleared of rioters as of 3:30 p.m. ET, but it's unclear if any of the individuals were taken into custody.