The inauguration ceremony of President-Elect Joe Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have arrived at the Capitol for the inauguration to be sworn in as president and vice-president, American news networks are broadcasting the ceremony live.
Biden arrived at the building following a church mass. Traditionally, outcoming presidents receive their successors in the White House after masses. However, Donald Trump broke this tradition and left the US leader residence to travel to Florida.
Biden urged Americans to “end this uncivil war that pits red against blue,” but left no doubt what side he considered righteous and which illegitimate, by denouncing the “riotous mob” that tried to “overthrow democracy” at the Capitol two weeks prior.
“There is truth and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit,” and his administration will have to “defend the truth and defeat the lies,” Biden told the socially distanced crowd of politicians on the Capitol’s western steps, overlooking a sea of flags planted on the locked-down National Mall behind them.