At the White House, President Joe Biden signed legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol Police and DC Metro officers who saved the capitol, and our democracy on January 6th.

Biden also honored those who died defending the building and the more than 150 officers injured in the attack.

The President said of that horrific day, “It wasn’t dissent. It wasn’t debate. It wasn’t democracy. It was insurrection,” the president said of January 6. “It was riot and mayhem. It was radical and chaotic. And it was unconstitutional. And maybe most important, it was fundamentally un-American.”

But perhaps most importantly, he said two words, “thank you.”

“To all of them, on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you, thank you, thank you for protecting our Capitol. Maybe even more importantly, for protecting our Constitution.”

President Joe Biden