Biden honored Paul Pelosi during SOTU, Jan. 6 and blamed Trump for the attack

Joe Biden blamed Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 protesters for the attack on Paul Pelosi in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Biden referred to the former president and the protesters as peddlers of “hate and extremism.”

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“Over the last few years our democracy has been under threat, attack and risk. Check on January 6, right here in this house,” Biden said. “And then, just a few months ago, unhindered by the Big Lie, an assailant carried out political violence at the home of the then-Speaker of this House of Representatives. Using the same language that the insurgents pounded these halls with. They chanted on January 6.”

Biden continued, “Here in this chamber tonight is the man who bears the scars of that brutal attack, but they are as tough and as strong and as resilient. My friend Paul Pelosi.

But such a heinous act should never have happened. We all need to speak up. Political violence has no place in America,” Biden said. “In America, we must protect the right to vote, not suppress that fundamental right. We respect the results of our elections, not subvert the will of the people. We must uphold the rule of law. And we must restore trust in the institutions of democracy. And we must not give safe harbor to hate and extremism in any form.”

Pelosi, 82, was arrested on May 28 after a car crash that California Highway Patrol officers said was caused by her drunkenness.

“His eyes were red/watery, he was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and his breath smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. The CHP determined Mr. Pelosi was the proximate cause of the collision,” Pelosi’s arrest report said.