President Joe Biden heralded law enforcement officers for defending democracy against a “radical and chaotic” insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as he signed legislation Thursday awarding Congressional Gold Medals to officers serving that day.
“My fellow Americans, let’s remember what this was all about,” Biden said at a Rose Garden ceremony. “It was a violent attempt to overturn the will of the American people, to seek power at all costs, to replace the ballot with brute force. To destroy, not to build. Without democracy, nothing is possible. With it, everything is.”