(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday said the rioting at the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump amounted to an “unprecedented assault” on US democracy, and called for Trump to immediately go on national television and demand an end to the “siege.”

“At this hour, our democracy’s under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself,” Biden said, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware. Biden said, “This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition, and it must end now. I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.” The President-elect called on Trump to immediately go on national television “to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.”Biden said the chaotic scenes unfolding at the US Capitol did not reflect a “true America,” and said they were the actions of a “small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.”Read MoreTrump supporters stormed the Capitol building earlier in the day after the President urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that would confirm Biden’s win. Two weeks from Biden’s inauguration, Wednesday was the day Congress was expected to take the final procedural step involved in the election process by counting each state’s electoral votes. Buoyed by the results in Georgia’s Senate runoffs on Wednesday, with two Democratic victories giving the party control of the Senate — creating an opening for Biden’s legislative agenda that previously had not existed — Biden was expected to deliver a speech focused on the economy. Democrats have said they would deliver $2,000 stimulus checks to Americans as the nation combats the coronavirus pandemic. But as the Capitol was engulfed in chaos with Trump supporters — fueled by the President’s lies about the election being stolen from him — Biden scrapped his plans and addressed the mayhem in Washington. The dark moment spurred by Trump again laid bare the divisions that Biden has said he will seek to bridge, and the intensity of an opposition that has crushed norms and now breached boundaries in its bid to keep Trump in power.In pictures: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressIn pictures: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in Congress Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressA rioter holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol near the Senate chamber on Wednesday, January 6.A rioter holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol near the Senate chamber on Wednesday, January 6. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressA rioter holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol near the Senate chamber on Wednesday, January 6.Hide Caption 1 of 31Law enforcement officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House chamber after the Capitol was breached.Law enforcement officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House chamber after the Capitol was breached. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressLaw enforcement officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House chamber after the Capitol was breached.Hide Caption 2 of 31A rioter hangs from a balcony in the Senate chamber.A rioter hangs from a balcony in the Senate chamber. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressA rioter hangs from a balcony in the Senate chamber.Hide Caption 3 of 31Trump supporters cover their faces after tear gas was fired in front of the Capitol.Trump supporters cover their faces after tear gas was fired in front of the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters cover their faces after tear gas was fired in front of the Capitol.Hide Caption 4 of 31US Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, comforts US Rep. Susan Wild, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, while taking cover in the House chamber on Wednesday.US Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, comforts US Rep. Susan Wild, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, while taking cover in the House chamber on Wednesday. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressUS Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, comforts US Rep. Susan Wild, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, while taking cover in the House chamber on Wednesday.Hide Caption 5 of 31A Trump supporter sits inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaching the Capitol.A Trump supporter sits inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaching the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressA Trump supporter sits inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaching the Capitol.Hide Caption 6 of 31Papers and other materials litter the House chamber after it was evacuated.Papers and other materials litter the House chamber after it was evacuated. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressPapers and other materials litter the House chamber after it was evacuated.Hide Caption 7 of 31Tear gas is deployed as rioters gather outside the Capitol.Tear gas is deployed as rioters gather outside the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTear gas is deployed as rioters gather outside the Capitol.Hide Caption 8 of 31Capitol Police detain rioters outside of the House chamber.Capitol Police detain rioters outside of the House chamber. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressCapitol Police detain rioters outside of the House chamber.Hide Caption 9 of 31Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol.Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters gather outside the Capitol.Hide Caption 10 of 31Members of Congress run for cover as rioters try to enter the House chamber.Members of Congress run for cover as rioters try to enter the House chamber. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressMembers of Congress run for cover as rioters try to enter the House chamber.Hide Caption 11 of 31Police keep a watch on demonstrators who tried to break through a police barrier outside the Capitol on Wednesday.Police keep a watch on demonstrators who tried to break through a police barrier outside the Capitol on Wednesday. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressPolice keep a watch on demonstrators who tried to break through a police barrier outside the Capitol on Wednesday.Hide Caption 12 of 31A Trump supporter sits at a desk after invading the Capitol.A Trump supporter sits at a desk after invading the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressA Trump supporter sits at a desk after invading the Capitol.Hide Caption 13 of 31A Capitol Police officer sprays a person who was trying to enter the Capitol.A Capitol Police officer sprays a person who was trying to enter the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressA Capitol Police officer sprays a person who was trying to enter the Capitol.Hide Caption 14 of 31People take shelter in the House chamber as rioters try to break in. House members were given gas masks that were under the seats, according to a pool reporter on the House floor.People take shelter in the House chamber as rioters try to break in. House members were given gas masks that were under the seats, according to a pool reporter on the House floor. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressPeople take shelter in the House chamber as rioters try to break in. House members were given gas masks that were under the seats, according to a pool reporter on the House floor.Hide Caption 15 of 31Trump supporters gesture to Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber.Trump supporters gesture to Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters gesture to Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber.Hide Caption 16 of 31Trump supporters climb outside the Capitol.Trump supporters climb outside the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters climb outside the Capitol.Hide Caption 17 of 31Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier outside the Capitol. Shortly after 1 p.m., some pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear.Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier outside the Capitol. Shortly after 1 p.m., some pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters try to break through a police barrier outside the Capitol. Shortly after 1 p.m., some pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear.Hide Caption 18 of 31Trump supporters walk through the Capitol's Statuary Hall.Trump supporters walk through the Capitol's Statuary Hall. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters walk through the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.Hide Caption 19 of 31Trump supporters stand on a Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol.Trump supporters stand on a Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters stand on a Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol.Hide Caption 20 of 31Capitol Police tries to hold back people outside the east doors to the House side of the Capitol.Capitol Police tries to hold back people outside the east doors to the House side of the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressCapitol Police tries to hold back people outside the east doors to the House side of the Capitol.Hide Caption 21 of 31Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier.Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters try to break through a police barrier.Hide Caption 22 of 31Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officiate the joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Congress was meeting to count and certify the Electoral College votes before the Capitol was breached.Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officiate the joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Congress was meeting to count and certify the Electoral College votes before the Capitol was breached. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressVice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officiate the joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Congress was meeting to count and certify the Electoral College votes before the Capitol was breached.Hide Caption 23 of 31Republicans applaud after US Rep. Paul Gosar, lower right, objected to certifying the Electoral College votes from Arizona.Republicans applaud after US Rep. Paul Gosar, lower right, objected to certifying the Electoral College votes from Arizona. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressRepublicans applaud after US Rep. Paul Gosar, lower right, objected to certifying the Electoral College votes from Arizona.Hide Caption 24 of 31The certification of Arizona's Electoral College votes is unsealed during Wednesday's joint session of Congress.The certification of Arizona's Electoral College votes is unsealed during Wednesday's joint session of Congress. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressThe certification of Arizona’s Electoral College votes is unsealed during Wednesday’s joint session of Congress.Hide Caption 25 of 31Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blows a kiss to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrive for Wednesday's session.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blows a kiss to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrive for Wednesday's session. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blows a kiss to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrive for Wednesday’s session.Hide Caption 26 of 31Congress begins its joint session on Wednesday.Congress begins its joint session on Wednesday. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressCongress begins its joint session on Wednesday.Hide Caption 27 of 31Trump arrives to speak to his supporters on Wednesday. His speech included calls for his vice president to step outside his constitutional bounds and overturn the results of the election. "Hope Mike is going to do the right thing," Trump said at the rally. "If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election."Trump arrives to speak to his supporters on Wednesday. His speech included calls for his vice president to step outside his constitutional bounds and overturn the results of the election. "Hope Mike is going to do the right thing," Trump said at the rally. "If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election." Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump arrives to speak to his supporters on Wednesday. His speech included calls for his vice president to step outside his constitutional bounds and overturn the results of the election. “Hope Mike is going to do the right thing,” Trump said at the rally. “If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.”Hide Caption 28 of 31People rally near the White House in support of Trump.People rally near the White House in support of Trump. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressPeople rally near the White House in support of Trump.Hide Caption 29 of 31Chamber assistants carry Electoral College ballot boxes at the Capitol.Chamber assistants carry Electoral College ballot boxes at the Capitol. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressChamber assistants carry Electoral College ballot boxes at the Capitol.Hide Caption 30 of 31Trump supporters participate in a rally near the White House on Wednesday.Trump supporters participate in a rally near the White House on Wednesday. Photos: Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in CongressTrump supporters participate in a rally near the White House on Wednesday.Hide Caption 31 of 3104 electoral college vote protests 010603 house chamber 010611 electoral college vote protest 010623 electoral college vote protest 110619 electoral college vote protests17 electoral college vote protests 010606 house chamber 010621 electoral college vote protests 010601 capitol protestors arrested 010618 electoral college vote protests01 house chamber 010618 electoral college vote protests 010611 electoral college vote protests 010612 electoral college vote protests 0106 RESTRICTED04 house chamber 010622  electoral college vote protests 010615 electoral college vote protests 010603 electoral college vote protests 010614 electoral college vote protests 010605 electoral college vote protests 0106trump rally protesters u.s. capitol 0106 19 electoral college vote protests 010603 electoral college vote count 0106 pence pelosi06 electoral college vote count 0106 az objection15 electoral college vote cuont 0106 ariznoa19 electoral college vote count 0106 Schumer McConnell13 electoral college vote count 010603 trump speaks DC protest 010605 trump rallies 0106 washington DC05 electoral college vote count 0106 ballot boxes RESTRICTED06 trump rallies 0106 washington DC“The world’s watching. Like so many other Americans, I am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation, so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy, has come to such a dark moment,” Biden said. “Through war and strife, America’s endured much,” Biden said. “And we will endure here and we will prevail again and we’ll prevail now.”Several hours after the doors of the Capitol building were breached — and after Biden had delivered his remarks — Trump urged his supporters in a video to “go home” and repeated lies about the election being stolen from him. “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump said in the video. “You have to go home now. We have to have peace,” the President said. “We have to have law and order.” A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest inside the Capitol, according to Washington DC fire officials. Multiple officers have been injured and at least one has been transported to the hospital, multiple sources tell CNN.The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the US Department of Defense, according to chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser implemented a 6 p.m. ET curfew. Vice President Mike Pence, who was overseeing the vote on the Electoral College results, and members of Congress were evacuated. “Today’s a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile and to preserve it requires people of goodwill, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to the pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good,” Biden said. “Think what our children who are watching television are thinking,” Biden said. “Think of what the rest of the world is looking at.” In the hours before the Capitol was breached, Trump had encouraged his supporters to protest at the Capitol and had even promised to join them, but ultimately skipped the demonstrations. Before the riots began, a number of Republican lawmakers formally objected to Arizona’s election results, the first of at least three objections that were expected during the ceremonial counting during the joint session of Congress. The objections will not change the outcome of the election, which Biden won decisively both in the popular vote and in the Electoral College. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election, but Trump and his campaign have been pushing baseless and false conspiracy theories that the election was rigged against him.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a forceful rebuke of the efforts by some of his fellow Republicans and warned about the lasting damage it could cause to the country’s democracy. “The Constitution gives us here in Congress a limited role. We cannot simply declare ourselves the national board of elections on steroids,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. They’ve all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our Republic forever.”This story has been updated with additional information about Wednesday’s events.

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