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Biden warns US to defend democracy in Capitol riot speech

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden will mark the anniversary Thursday of the January 6 storming of Congress by Donald Trump’s supporters with a dark plea for Americans to defend democracy from a future of violence and election cheating. Speaking from Statuary Hall in the Capitol — the scene of violent assaults by a Trump mob trying to stop certification of Biden’s 2020 election win a year ago — the president will warn that democratic institutions are in the balance. “Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm?” Biden will ask, according to excerpts given to rep…

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