Biden spoke at a bill signing ceremony awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to police for valour during the Capitol riot.
President Joe Biden said the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 by supporters of former President Donald Trump was an insurrection by “terrorists” aimed at overturning “the will of the American people”.
President Biden’s words, some of his strongest yet about the Capitol riot that is now under congressional investigation, came as he signed a bill at the White House awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to officers of the Capitol Police and Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police for valour.
The medal is the highest honor Congress can bestow. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to sign the bill, which was passed unanimously by the US Senate earlier this week.
Many officers were beaten and injured that day as the violent mob of Trump’s supporters pushed past them to break into the Capitol and interrupt the certification of Biden’s 2020 election victory. Some of them, including four who testified at a House hearing last week, has spoken about the lasting mental and physical scars.