JOE Biden has demanded Donald Trump goes on live TV and denounces supporters rioting in Washington DC and storming the Capitol.
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The president-elect called for Trump “to go live on TV right now to denounce this violence” – and said the nation’s democracy was “under assault”.
“Our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times,” he said as pro-Trump supporters storm the Capitol.
“Assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on the people’s representatives, on the Capitol Hill police sworn to protect them, on the public servants who work at the heart of our republic,” he continued.
“An assault on the rule of law, like few times we’ve ever seen it. An assault on the most sacred of American undertakings, the doing of the people’s business.”
He made his speech as tensions continue to boil over outside the capital, with ugly scenes developing between police and pro-Trump supporters.
“The scenes of chaos in the Capitol do not reflect true America, do not represent who we are,” said Biden.
“This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It’s bordering on sedition. And it must end, now. I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.
You’ve heard me say before in a different context, the words of a president matter. No matter how good or bad that president is. At their best, the words of a president can inspire.”
The President-Elect called on Trump supporters to end what he described as a “seige” on the nation’s Capitol.
He blasted: “At their worst, they can incite. Therefore, I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfill his oath, to defend the constitution, and demand an end to this siege.”
As he concluded his speech, Biden again addressed the outgoing president asking him to “step up.”
But moments after Biden’s speech the president called for supporters to end their demonstration.
In a video on Twitter, he repeated an unsupported claim the election was stolen, but said: “You have to go home now.
“We have to have peace. We have to have law and order.”
And minutes after the video, shortly before 5pm ET, President-Elect Biden reiterated his calls for demonstrators to disperse after the chaotic scenes.
It comes after reports that a mob breached the building, with one man reportedly being shot inside, according to AP.
Mr Biden tweeted: “Our way is plain: It is the way of democracy — of lawfulness, and of respect — respect for each other, and for our nation.”
The breach of the Capitol is the first since 1814, when the British attacked it and set it on fire during the war of 1812.
Trump’s press secretary said the “National Guard is on the way”.
According to the Associated Press, one woman was shot during the breach of the building.
She was treated at the scene and is said to be in critical condition.
As protesters breached the inside of the Capitol, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a 6pm curfew.
A graphic clip shared on social media appears to show a woman bleeding out from the neck after she was allegedly shot, while another MAGA supporter was spotted with a “hole in his face.”