‘Slap in the Face’: Joe Biden Sparks Fury as He Calls Capitol Riot ‘the Worst Attack on Democracy Since the Civil War’

US President Joe Biden, who will mark his 100th day in office later this week, delivered his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, expectedly launching an indirect attack on the previous administration for the “crisis” he inherited.

Joe Biden has provoked outrage on social media: his speech to Congress dubbed the 6 January Capitol storming “the worst attack” on American democracy since the Civil War.

The president took the stage in the Capitol building to argue that almost 100 days ago he had “inherited a nation in crisis” marked by “the worst pandemic in a century” and “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression”.

He added that America had witnessed “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War”, without directly referencing the riot. “Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again.”

This part of his speech in particular triggered strong emotions on social media.

“January 6 was worse than 9/11?” journalist and The Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald asked incredulously on Twitter in a viral thread. “Or Pearl Harbor?”