Joe Biden Calls Capitol Riot the 'Worst Attack on Democracy' | 22 Words

Joe Biden's first speech to Congress was well-delivered, historic, and summed up the first 100 days of power...

But there was one moment that stood out.


And it was a comment he made about the Capitol riots being the "worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War."

Keep scrolling to see the reaction to his comment.

Now, this comment came as a surprise to many because, for the most part, Biden's speech was a groundbreaking one.


President Biden used the speech to talk about the progress of his administration in its first 100 days, touching on issues including the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and Biden's $1.8 trillion stimulus package.

But the most pinnacle point of the address? 


During his speech, President Biden was flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, marking the first time 2 women had ever been present during such an event.

Appearing on MSNBC earlier Wednesday, Pelosi said of the groundbreaking moment:


"It's pretty exciting. And it's wonderful to make history. It's about time. I made history when I was the first speaker to be standing behind President Bush. And he made note of that. Now, this is just so exciting."

Exciting, indeed.


But there was one moment that stood out for many conservatives.

​Biden started discussing the Capitol Riots that took place in January.


"As I stand here tonight — just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration," he started. "100 days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible, and inherited a nation in crisis."

He then started listing off things in order...


"The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War."

He then continued:


"Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,' he said, talking himself up. "Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength."

But right-wing Twitter hung onto that one point...

Others started commenting similar things, listing other events that have caused more destruction...

"How about the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, and Jim Crow?" another journalist, Greenwald quipped. "Were those worse 'attacks on democracy'" than the 3-hour Capitol riot.

He continued:


"Or the Oklahoma City bombing? Or the dismantling of civil liberties in the name of the Cold War and War on Terror? Or the mass surveillance program secretly and illegally implemented by NSA..." he said, calling the president a "drama queen" for overreacting about it.

​However, others jumped in to put it into perspective for the conservatives.

But regardless, Biden's speech seemed to be a hit as he continued to try and unite a very divided country.

"Life can knock us down," Biden said. "But in America, we never stay down. In America, we always get up. And today, that's what we're doing: America is rising anew."

​"After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff," he continued.

Watch his full speech above.