President-Elect Joe Biden has described the pro-Trump protesters who stormed Congress on Wednesday as “anti-Semites” and “thugs” and said they need to be prosecuted by the Justice Department.
“They should be treated as a bunch of thugs, insurrectionists, white supremacists, anti-Semites,” Biden said, speaking to reporters at his headquarters in Wilmington.
“6 M is not enough’, I mean come on,” Biden added, gesturing to his abdomen, and referring to the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. “You know these shirts they’re wearing. These are a bunch of thugs, thugs, and they’re terrorists – domestic terrorists. And that will be a judgment for the Justice Department to make as to what the charges should be. But the fact is, they should be prosecuted,” he said.
Biden went on to accuse President Donald Trump of ‘actively encouraging’ Wednesday’s violence, and saying has proven that he is “not fit to serve” as president.
Tens of thousands of Trump supporters were present at the president’s ‘Stop the Steal’ rally ahead of the Capitol violence last week. Media reporting on those who died in the event showed an eclectic mix of people including a veteran, a computer programmer, a woman with a criminal record, and a gun-rights activist, but no outright neo-Nazis.