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Biden: Democracy 'Under Unprecedented Assault' As Pro-Trump Extremists Occupy Capitol

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Updated at 4:22 p.m. ET

President-elect Joe Biden addressed the country from Wilmington, Del., Wednesday afternoon.

He delivered a somber address, calling on President Trump to "go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege" of supporters at the U.S. Capitol.

Biden had been expected to deliver remarks on the economy, but shortly after he arrived at the theater where he has held transition events, protestors forcefully stormed the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Biden's election as president. Biden, who will take the oath of office on January 20, spoke about the unfolding crisis in Washington, D.C.

This story will be updated.

Juana Summers is a political correspondent for NPR covering race, justice and politics. She has covered politics since 2010 for publications including Politico, CNN and The Associated Press. She got her start in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Mo., and also previously covered Congress for NPR.
Scott Detrow is a White House correspondent for NPR and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast.