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Joe Biden has addressed America after violent Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building and battled with police.
In the broadcast, the president-elect said: "At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we've seen in modern times."
Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it's disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.
- Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 6, 2021
He went on: "Let me be very clear, the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America, do not represent who we are. What we're seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.
"This is not dissent, it's disorder, it's chaos. It borders 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 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. At their worst, they can incite.
"Therefore, I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the constitution and demand an end to this siege.
"They stormed the Capitol, they smashed windows, to occupy offices, the floor of the United States Senate, rummaging through desks.
"It's not protests, it's insurrection. The world's watching like so many other Americans. I'm generally shocked and saddened of our nation - so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy has come to such a dark moment."
Trump-supporters stormed the Washington D.C. building ahead of a ceremonial vote that will eventually declare Joe Biden won the electoral college vote.
Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan wrote on Twitter: "Protesters are charging toward the Captiol [sic] steps. Some tried to scale the construction structures and have been tackled by police.
"They want to enter the building and are making attempts at intervals. Capitol police trying to hold them back."
Politician Terri A. Sewell added: "There has been a breach of the Capitol building. We are locked inside the House chamber until Capitol Police allows us to leave. Praying that this chaos dissipates and no one gets hurt."
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