President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion The Fed has a clear mandate to mitigate climate risks Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE on Thursday sought to dismantle former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death MORE's repeated attempts to sow distrust in the 2020 election results, declaring Trump a "defeated former president."
"Let’s speak plainly about what happened in 2020," Biden said in a speech marking the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
"Even before the first ballot was cast, the former president was preemptively sowing doubt about the election results," Biden said. "He built his lie over months. It wasn’t based in any facts. He was just looking for an excuse, a pretext to cover for the truth.
"He’s not just a former president. He’s a defeated former president," Biden continued. "Defeated by a margin of over 7 million of your votes, and a full and free and fair election. There is simply zero proof the election results were inaccurate."
Biden spent much of his speech tearing into his predecessor for spreading what he described as a "web of lies" about the 2020 election results, though he did not refer to Trump by name. But the president pointed to the numerous court rulings and election audits that have definitively shown his victory was clear and legitimate last November.
Thursday marked one year since the Capitol insurrection, where multiple people died and dozens of law enforcement officers were injured after a pro-Trump mob stormed the complex to try to halt the certification of Biden's electoral victory.
Trump spent months leading up to the 2020 election sowing doubt in its reliability, and he has spent the year since he left office downplaying the violence of Jan. 6 and claiming the election was somehow fraudulent.
Trump was initially scheduled to hold a news conference in Florida on Thursday, but it was later canceled. Democrats in Washington have planned a day's worth of events to mark the anniversary of the insurrection.