President Joe Biden on Tuesday tore into Donald Trump over remarks the former president made during a speech earlier that day in Washington, D.C., in which Trump said there is no longer “respect for the law” in the U.S.
Biden wasted no time to call him out, writing on Twitter: “Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think inciting a mob that attacks a police officer is ‘respect for the law.'”
“You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-cop – or pro-democracy, or pro-American,” the president added.
Trump, who encourage his supporters to march to the Capitol to stop Congress from certifying the election results and then praised them as patriots after they assaulted police officers, said during his speech at the America First Policy Institute earlier that day, that efforts to combat violence in the U.S. needed to be stronger, arguing that the country is riven with violence.
“We’re living in such a different country for one primary reason: There is no longer respect for the law, and there certainly is no order. Our country is now a cesspool of crime,” Trump said in his speech.
Biden also slammed Trump during a virtual speech on Monday for lacking “the courage to act” when his supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop the vote to certify the 2020 election results.
“For three hours, the defeated former president of the United States watched it all happen as he sat in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office,” Biden said in his speech.
“While he was doing that, brave law enforcement officers were subject to the medieval hell for three hours, dripping in blood, surrounded by carnage, face to face with the crazed mob that believed the lies of the defeated president,” Biden added in his speech. “The police were heroes that day. Donald Trump lacked the courage to act.”
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Trump is under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over his actions before, during, and after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think inciting a mob that attacks a police officer is “respect for the law.”
You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-cop – or pro-democracy, or pro-American. https://t.co/iPtFrgVX5P
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 26, 2022