Biden calls Jan. 6 riot an attempted 'coup'

"The violent mob of January 6, 2021, empowered and encouraged by a defeated former president, sought to win through violence what he had lost at the ballot box," Biden said during a speech in Atlanta pushing for the passage of voting rights legislation.

"That's why we're here today: to stand against the forces in America that value power over principle, forces that attempted a coup, a coup against the legally expressed will of the American people by sowing doubt, inventing charges of fraud and seeking to steal the 2020 election from the people," he continued.

The speech was the latest instance of Biden employing fiery rhetoric to push back against Trump, who he referred to repeatedly as the "Defeated former president," and his role in the Jan. 6 riot.
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