JOE BIDEN: CAPITOL RIOTS WERE 'DARKEST DAY' IN US HISTORY

Joe Biden has condemned violent scenes that descended on the US Capitol as "one of the darkest days" in the nation's history.

Speaking a short time ago, President-Elect Biden slammed the actions of rioters as "domestic terrorists".

"They weren't protesters. Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. It's that basic. It's that simple.

"Yesterday, in my view, was one of the darkest days in the history of our nation.

"An unprecedented assault on our democracy, an assault on our democracy, an assault literally on the citadel of liberty in the United States Capitol itself and an assault on the rule of law, an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings, ratifying the will of the people in choosing the leadership of their government. 

"All of us here grieve the loss of life, grieve the desecration of the people's House."