Biden: American democracy is under assault

US president-elect Joe Biden strongly condemned the events at the Capitol on Wednesday calling it an 'insurrection' bordering on sedition and 'must end now'

Mr Biden decried the violence and force entry of pro-Trump supporters into the Capitol building on Wednesday, calling them a “mob” launching an “unprecedented assault” on US democracy.

"At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault…I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward,” Mr Biden said from his transition headquarters in Delaware.

He said the actions of those who jumped barricades and breached the Capitol building “borders on sedition.”

“Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it's disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.”

Mr Biden went a step further in calling it an “insurrection.” He then urged outgoing President Donald Trump to take action and end the chaos. “I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend and constitution and demand an end to this siege.”

"At this time, our democracy is under assault...like nothing we've seen in modern times.”

When asked if he is concerned about his safety, Mr Biden said he is not. “I am not concerned about my safety, security or the inauguration. I’m not concerned. The American people are going to stand up, stand up now. Enough is enough is enough.”

The events of the Capitol have forced Congress into recess and paused the session to certify Mr Biden’s win. But that is expected to resume soon and Mr Biden is expected to be inaugurated on January 20.